close up shop

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Definition of close up shop

: to go out of business forever or stop performing all services or activities for a period of time Rather than closing up shop entirely, the company laid off half of its workers. The restaurant has already closed up shop for the winter.

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“Close up shop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20up%20shop. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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