mom-and-pop
adjective Date: 1951 1. being or relating to a small owner-operated business <
a mom-and-pop grocery
>
2. small-scale

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • mom-and-pop — adj [only before noun] AmE a mom and pop business is owned and managed by a family or a husband and wife ▪ a real mom and pop restaurant …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mom-and-pop — adjective AMERICAN a mom and pop business is owned by a single family that also does most or all of the work: mom and pop convenience stores …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mom and pop — mom and pop, U.S. of or having to do with a small, family run retail business: »a mom and pop filling station. Though this would include even mom and pop grocery stores, Congressional backers of the proposal would like to insert a provision to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mom-and-pop — /mom euhn pop /, adj., n., pl. mom and pops. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom and pop grocery. 2. of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project,… …   Universalium

  • mom and pop — (USA) A mom and pop business is a small business, especially if it is run by members of a family. It can used in a wider sense to mean that something is small scale …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • mom-and-pop — mom′ and pop′ adj. cvb bus being a small retail business usu. owned and operated by members of a family • Etymology: 1950–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • mom-and-pop — ¦ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷ adjective : being a small owner operated business a mom and pop candy store * * * /mom euhn pop /, adj., n., pl. mom and pops. adj. 1. of or pertaining to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mom And Pop — A colloquial term for a small, independent, family owned business. Unlike franchises and large corporations, which have multiple operations in various locations, mom and pop shops usually have a single location that often occupies a physically… …   Investment dictionary

  • mom-and-pop —    staid and old fashioned    Like your aged parents and often of a small retail business:     ... a small time mom and pop dope store would be allowed to flourish unmolested. (McBain, 1981)    Some figurative use:     Are you gonna be a mom and… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • mom-and-pop — adjective (only before noun) AmE a mom and pop business is owned and operated by a family or a husband and wife: a real mom and pop operation …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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