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.

Examples of close up shop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Business closings on Christmas Eve are less common than those on Christmas Day, but many large chains still cut back hours or close up shop early for the coming holiday. CBS News, 24 Dec. 2023 But liquor stores are still required to close up shop on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Annasofia Scheve, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Dec. 2023 But some fed-up residents said even halting the project wouldn’t be enough, calling for New Leaf to close up shop entirely and for the Barrio Logan facility to cease operations. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2023 Mark Kelly Washington is ready to close up shop for the holidays, and so far there’s no deal for more weapons for Israel and Ukraine with changes to border security. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2023 Some may be able to cut expenses to break even and others may be rescued by private equity roll-ups, but many will close up shop. Bob Kocher, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 Unless new revenue sources are found, some of the smaller First 5 agencies may close up shop. Jenny Gold, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Three years after the pandemic forced a number of theaters in Los Angeles to close up shop, the city is suddenly teeming with new openings and renovations. Kirsten Chuba, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2023 But increasing capital costs and an aging population led most of them to close up shop. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023

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“Close up shop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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