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  1. closed shop

    • noun

      a place of work where all employees must belong to an agreed trade union.

      the system in operation in a place of work that is a closed shop:

    • adjective

      having a predetermined and fixed extent:

      denoting an investment trust or company that issues a fixed number of shares.

    • noun

      one of a series of subtitles to a television programme, accessible through a decoder.
    • verb

      provide (a programme) with closed captions.
    • noun

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

      oppressively enclosed or lacking in space:
    • noun

      the condition in which there is sufficient matter in the universe to halt the expansion driven by the Big Bang and cause eventual re-collapse.
    • noun

      a system that provides subtitles for television programmes, accessible through a decoder:
    • noun

      a syllable ending in a consonant.
    • a subject or person about which one knows nothing
    • 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.
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