closed shop


Definition of closed shop

1 : an establishment in which the employer by agreement hires only union members in good standing
2 : an exclusive group or establishment

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Once the proud home of Studebaker, an automobile company that employed thousands, South Bend was hit hard when the company closed shop in the ’60s. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How a Midwest startup generator bursts the Bay Area tech bubble and solves real problems," 12 Dec. 2018 Many European companies that had rushed in after the nuclear deal are now closing shop. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Run on Iran’s Rial," 30 July 2018 The food giant is just the latest international company to partially or completely close shop in the troubled and chaotic nation, following others such as Kimberly-Clark (kmb, -0.70%) and Colgate-Palmolive (cl, -0.63%). Fortune, "Kellogg Is Shutting Down Operations in Venezuela Amid the Economic Crisis," 16 May 2018 About 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, Long Grove has in recent years fallen on tougher times, with many vendors retiring or closing shop and lots of empty storefronts. Robert Mccoppin,, "Village seeks to save 112-year-old bridge after truck severely damaged structure: 'This is the face of Long Grove'," 29 June 2018 The very day Lucas closed shop in Chicago, Garcetti e-mailed to cash in on his five percent. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 The Open Society Foundations decided to close shop in Budapest, the birth place of George Soros, its founder, and move its Hungarian operations to Berlin. The Economist, "Politics this week," 17 May 2018 NAPA Auto Parts pulled its team sponsorship and Michael Waltrip Racing closed shop within two years, leaving Bowyer stuck driving for low-budget HScott Motorsports in 2016 and having virtually no chance to collect another win. Tod Palmer, kansascity, "Emporia's Clint Bowyer invigorated and ready to roll at Kansas Speedway | The Kansas City Star," 10 May 2018 This dry cleaning and alteration business closed shop at the end of February after 10 years. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A new bike shop in an old fire station, and Paris Cafe relocates," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of closed shop

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of closed shop was in 1903

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Legal Definition of closed shop

: a business in which the employer by agreement hires and retains only union members — see also Labor Management Relations Act — compare open shop, union shop

Note: Closed shops are illegal under the Labor Management Relations Act.

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