shut up shop

shut up shop
shut up shop UK INFORMAL
to stop operating a business either temporarily or permanently: »

Last weekend the greengrocer shut up shop and others are likely to follow.


In contrast to other national institutions that are shutting up shop for Christmas, nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.

Main Entry: shut

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • shut up shop — phrasal : to cease or suspend an operation or activity the committee decided to shut up shop, at least for the present Atlantic even the city s criminals seem to have shut up shop for the occasion S.E.Hyman * * * see shop * * * shut up ˈshop… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shut up shop — British 1) to stop working at the end of the day I was just about to shut up shop when Marie came in. 2) to close a business permanently They were finally forced to shut up shop last January …   English dictionary

  • shut up shop — verb a) To bat defensively in the last innings of a match in order to force a draw when winning is not possible. This company decided to shut up shop in this country and move to America, where corporate taxes are lower. b) To close up shop; to… …   Wiktionary

  • shut up shop — British & Australian, mainly American to stop doing business, either temporarily or permanently. They were forced to shut up shop because they weren t getting enough customers …   New idioms dictionary

  • shut up shop — cease trading. → shut …   English new terms dictionary

  • shut up shop — close a business; go on strike, stop working …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shut — [ʆʌt] verb shut PTandPP shutting PRESPART [intransitive, transitive] 1. also shut down COMMERCE if a company, factory etc shuts or is shut, it stops operating permanently; =close down …   Financial and business terms

  • shop — /shop/, n., v., shopped, shopping, interj. n. 1. a retail store, esp. a small one. 2. a small store or department in a large store selling a specific or select type of goods: the ski shop at Smith s. 3. the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.… …   Universalium

  • shop — [shäp] n. [ME schoppe < OE sceoppa, booth, stall, akin to Ger schopf, porch < IE base * (s)keup , a bundle, sheaf of straw: prob. basic meaning “roof made of straw thatch”] 1. a) a place where certain goods or services are offered for sale; …   English World dictionary

  • shut — shut1 W2S1 [ʃʌt] v past tense and past participle shut present participle shutting [: Old English; Origin: scyttan] 1.) [I and T] to close something, or to become closed ▪ Shut the window, Ellen! ▪ I heard his bedroom door shut. ▪ She lay down on …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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