To talk shop
Shop Shop, n. [OE. shoppe, schoppe, AS. sceoppa a treasury, a storehouse, stall, booth; akin to scypen a shed, LG. schup a shed, G. schoppen, schuppen, a shed, a coachhouse, OHG. scopf.] 1. A building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs, etc., are sold by retail. [1913 Webster]

From shop to shop Wandering, and littering with unfolded silks The polished counter. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. A building in which mechanics or artisans work; as, a shoe shop; a car shop. [1913 Webster]

A tailor called me in his shop. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A person's occupation, business, profession, or the like, as a subject of attention, interest, conversation, etc.; -- sometimes in deprecation or disapproval; as, to talk shop at a party. Also used attributively, as in shop talk. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

4. A place where any industry is carried on; as, a chemist's shop; also, (Slang), any of the various places of business which are commonly called offices, as of a lawyer, doctor, broker, etc. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

5. Any place of resort, as one's house, a restaurant, etc. [Slang, Chiefly Eng.]

6. the group of workers and the activities controlled by an administrator; as, to have five people in one's shop. [Colloq.]

Note: Shop is often used adjectively or in composition; as, shop rent, or shop-rent; shop thief, or shop-thief; shop window, or shop-window, etc. [1913 Webster]

{To smell of the shop}, to indicate too distinctively one's occupation or profession.

{To talk shop}, to make one's business the topic of social conversation; also, to use the phrases peculiar to one's employment. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Store; warehouse. See {Store}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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