Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt

    • Join Date: Jan 2014
    • Posts: 6
    #1

    Question Set up shop

    Hi All,
    The context is "xxx refugee camp mushrooms as Chinese set up shopWith entrepreneurial zeal, Chinese have – with their own or borrowed money – set up shop in the camp.

    Does the expression "Set up shop" mean "A term used when somebody camps or stays unwanted in a location for a prolonged period of time." or "to establish a business or an organization" ?

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by Tdol; 01-Feb-2014 at 12:04. Reason: Link removed

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 2,013
    #2

    Re: Set up shop

    not a teacher

    In the example you've given it seems that "set up shop" should be taken literally, meaning that the Chinese have established businesses in the camp.

    However, the phrase can be used figuratively in many contexts to mean staying in one place for a prolonged period, or establishing a position.

    The visiting team was clearly dominant and set up shop in the opposition's half for most of the game.
    Larvae and grubs can also set up shop in ecological niches adults can't reach. (newscientist.com)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #3

    Re: Set up shop

    "Entrepreneurial" is a pretty big clue.

  2. Newbie
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt

    • Join Date: Jan 2014
    • Posts: 6
    #4

    Re: Set up shop

    Is it possible that you start a business when you are a refugee?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #5

    Re: Set up shop

    Sure, why not?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • New Zealand
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Nov 2010
    • Posts: 2,013
    #6

    Re: Set up shop

    not a teacher

    Is it possible that you start a business when you are a refugee?

    The business might just deal in small items of food, cigarettes or other day-to-day commodities, it's still a business.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,868
    #7

    Re: Set up shop

    It depends on your definition of a refugee. If you are talking about displaced people, living in tents in UN camps and who mostly have nothing but the clothes on their back, then setting up a shop is unlikely.

    If you're an asylum seeker or a recognised refugee in a Western country, then you have a home and are allowed to work. If you choose to open a shop then you can.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #8

    Re: Set up shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybeans8 View Post
    Is it possible that you start a business when you are a refugee?
    Yes, it is- refugee camps have commodities like the supplies that arrive, so market forces can work, whether money or barter is used. In the refugee camps after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, there was a market for pages taken from the Bibles that missionaries distributed because the paper could be used to make cigarettes.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2009, 10:54
  2. Animals shop or Animal's shop?
    By Sunbeam in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Nov-2007, 20:42
  3. computer shop or computers shop
    By ripley in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Dec-2004, 20:00

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •