Definition of closed shop noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    closed shop

    BrE BrE//ˌkləʊzd ˈʃɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkloʊzd ˈʃɑːp//
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  1. 1a factory, business, etc. in which employees must all be members of a particular trade/labor union Wordfinderballot, closed shop, collective bargaining, industrial action, labour, picket, protest, representative, strike, union
  2. 2an area of activity that is limited to a particular small group The club's management is a closed shop.
  3. Culture Closed shops were made illegal in Britain in the 1980s. In the US they were made illegal by the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, but they became legal again in 1951
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