closed shop

closed shop
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klohzd shop]
    • /kloʊzd ʃɒp/
    • /kləʊzd ʃɒp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klohzd shop]
    • /kloʊzd ʃɒp/

Definitions of closed shop words

  • countable noun closed shop If a factory, shop, or other business is a closed shop, the employees must be members of a particular trade union. 3
  • noun closed shop (formerly) an industrial establishment in which there exists a contract between a trade union and the employer permitting the employment of the union's members only 3
  • noun closed shop a factory, business, etc. operating under a contractual arrangement between a labor union and the employer by which only members of the union may be employed 3
  • noun closed shop this arrangement 3
  • noun closed shop a factory, office, or other business establishment in which union membership is a condition of being hired as well as of continued employment. 1
  • noun closed shop business: requires union membership 1

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Origin of closed shop

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05

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Parts of speech for Closed shop


closed shop popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 62% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

closed shop usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for closed shop

noun closed shop

  • preferential shop — a shop in which union members are preferred, usually by agreement of an employer with a union.
  • union shop — a shop, business establishment, or part thereof, in which terms and conditions of employment for all employees are fixed by agreement between the employer and a labor union.

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