shut up shop

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shut up shop

British
: to go out of business forever or to stop performing all services or activities for a period of time
  • Rather than shutting up shop entirely, the company laid off half of its workers.
  • The store has already shut up shop for the day.

Word by Word Definitions

shut play
  1. : to move into position to close an opening

  2. : to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

  3. : to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. : closed, fastened, or folded together

  2. : rid, clear, free

  1. : the act of shutting

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

shop play
  1. : a handicraft establishment : atelier

  2. : a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale : store

  3. : a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services

  1. : to examine goods or services with intent to buy

  2. : to hunt through a market in search of the best buy

  3. : to make a search : hunt


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