open shop

o·pen shop
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-puh n shop]
    • /ˈoʊ pən ʃɒp/
    • /ˈəʊpən ʃɒp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-puh n shop]
    • /ˈoʊ pən ʃɒp/

Definitions of open shop words

  • noun open shop a factory, office, or other business establishment in which a union, chosen by a majority of the employees, acts as representative of all the employees in making agreements with the employer, but in which union membership is not a condition of employment. 1
  • noun open shop an establishment in which persons are hired and employed irrespective of their membership or nonmembership of a trade union 0
  • noun open shop a factory, business, etc. employing workers without regard to whether or not they are members of a union with which it may have a contract; also, the policy of employing workers in this way 0

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Origin of open shop

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900

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Parts of speech for Open shop


open shop popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 47% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 54% 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.

open shop usage trend in Literature

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