1. (Commerce) a place, esp a small building, for the retail sale of goods and services
2. an act or instance of shopping, esp household shopping: the weekly shop.
3. a place for the performance of a specified type of work; workshop
4. all over the shop informal
a. in disarray: his papers were all over the shop.
b. in every direction: I’ve searched for it all over the shop.
5. (Commerce) shut up shop
a. to close business at the end of the day or permanently
b. to become defensive or inactive
6. talk shop to speak about one’s work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed
vb, shops, shopping or shopped
7. (often foll by: for) to visit a shop or shops in search of (goods) with the intention of buying them
8. (tr) slang chiefly Brit to inform on or betray, esp to the police
[Old English sceoppa stall, booth; related to Old High German scopf shed, Middle Dutch schoppe stall]