1. [16C+] a place, a place of business, any place where one pursues one’s occupation, e.g. a brothel.
2. [late 17C–1900s] (UK Und.) a prison [note that shop v.1 (1) actually predates the n.].
3. [early 19C–1910s] a public house.
4. [mid-19C] a cookshop.
5. as play on sense 1, a winning place in a horse-race.
6. [1960s+] an act of shopping.
SE in slang uses
1. a thief who steals from shops while distracting the merchant’s attention with his argumentative bargaining; thus shop-bouncing, shoplifting.
2. a thief who poses as a respectable customer and while buying a cheap item, steals a more valuable one.
[2000s] a security man working in a shop.
[late 19C+] the fly buttons; thus the warning your shop-door is open, your flies are undone.
[1950s–60s] (Aus.) one who delivers goods, liquor etc. from a market or store to retailers.
see separate entry.
[late 18C–mid-19C] a dandified shop assistant.
[late 19C–1900s] a dandified shop assistant.
[18C] a shoplifter.
[early 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a sneak thief who lurks near a shop, waiting a chance to steal some goods.
[20C+] (Irish) false teeth, dentures.
1. [late 19C] in chaos, in a mess [SE in 20C+].
2. [late 19C+] everywhere; thus knock all over the shop, to beat severely.
[mid-19C+] to make a mistake, esp. in the context of asking the wrong person or going to the wrong place to get one’s desires.
1. [mid-16C+] (also close (up) shop) to stop, usu. talking.
2. [late 17C] (also shut up shop-windows) to go bankrupt.
[late 19C–1900s] to kill someone, to murder someone.
[1910s–20s] to dismiss a workman.