shop·keep·er | \ˈshäp-ˌkē-pər \

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One of their latest members is a shopkeeper from the western province of Herat named Mohamed Anwar. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "A Grass-Roots Afghan Peace Movement Grows, Step by Step," 15 June 2018 Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a vehicle carrying shopkeepers to a market struck a roadside bomb in Faryab province, killing seven, the AP reported. Fahim Abed,, "Bomb kills at least 14 Afghans registering to vote," 6 May 2018 Till was 14 years old when Carolyn Donham, a 21-year-old shopkeeper in the town of Money, said the youth grabbed and whistled at her. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Justice Dept. reopens Emmett Till murder case that helped inspire civil rights movement," 12 July 2018 The anger is fueled by the Iranian rial plunging to 90,000 to the dollar — double the government rate of 42,000 — as people watch their savings dwindle and shopkeepers hold onto some goods, uncertain of their true value. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Videos show gunfire amid Iran protests over water scarcity," 1 July 2018 On a later afternoon stop in a store in the village of Villa De Garcia–Casco, the shopkeeper allows that there are many people who work or have worked at Carrier in the neighborhood. Tom Chiarella And James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Last Shift: What Really Happened To Those Carrier Jobs Trump Saved," 15 May 2018 Always ask someone nearby, a shopkeeper or guard, to help you ID the closest major landmark that the driver would need to know—the name of cross street, a monument, or a restaurant that all the drivers would know. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber Lite May Change the Way India Rides," 12 June 2018 Lopez Obrador, 64, a longtime Mexican politician and shopkeeper’s son from the southern state of Tabasco, is scheduled to take office on Dec. 1 for a single six-year term. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Lopez Obrador and Mexican President Peña Nieto meet and talk transition," 3 July 2018 Videos posted to social media showed protesters at the bazaar heckling shopkeepers who refused to close. Washington Post, "President says Iran in ‘economic fight’ with US," 26 June 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who owns or manages a shop or store


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