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  1. closed shop

    • noun

      a place of work where membership in a union is a condition for being hired and for continued employment.

      a system whereby a closed shop applies:

    • noun

      a word that is made up of two or more existing words and contains no spaces or hyphens, e.g. football, birthday, blackboard.
    • noun

      a period in the year when fishing or the killing of particular game is officially forbidden.
    • noun

      a number of atoms bonded together to form a closed loop in a molecule.
    • noun

      a rhyming couplet with end-stopped lines that is logically or grammatically complete, as Instruct the planets in what orbs to run, / Correct old Time, and regulate the Sun.
    • noun

      the condition in which there is sufficient matter in the universe to halt the expansion driven by the Big Bang and cause eventual recollapse. The amount of visible matter is only a tenth of the total required for closure, but there may be large quantities of dark matter.
    • noun

      a form of adoption in which the biological parents have no direct contact with the adoptive family, and the adoptive parents often know little or nothing about the biological parents.
    • adjective

      restricted; obstructive; secret:
    • noun

      a system that provides subtitles for television programs, accessible through a decoder:
    • a subject or person about which one knows nothing
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