What is a mama-and-papa operation?
It's means a business which is owned and run by a wife (mama/mother) and her husband (papa/father).
Originally Posted by bingbing
Thanks so much for your reply!
Originally Posted by Casiopea
Just now,I came across(tell me how to express this in another way,I am nearly fed up with "come across",thanks) another phrase with operation in it which reminds me of this 'mama-and-papa operation".The latter one is from an interpretation book complied by some my natives.And I doubt that foreigners also say it like that.
Thanks again for your help!
help me vary my expression of 'come across"please;thanks.
In the USA we would say mom and pop. We would say mom and pop business. I wouldn't expect to see operation in that context.
(You could say happened to see.)