shut up shop

Definition of shut up shop

British

  1. :  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

shutplay
  1. :  to move into position to close an opening

    :  to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

    :  to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. :  closed, fastened, or folded together

    :  rid, clear, free

  1. :  the act of shutting

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

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

    :  up into or in the

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

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

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

shopplay
  1. :  a handicraft establishment :  atelier

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

    :  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

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

    :  to make a search :  hunt


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