back shop

noun

1
: a usually private shop or area to the rear of the main shop or establishment
specifically : the printing room of a newspaper or periodical
2
: a locomotive repair shop

Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of back shop was in 1549

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“Back shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20shop. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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