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hang out (one's) shingle
To start a business of some kind. I'd be glad to take on your case—after years at that law firm, I'm finally hanging out my shingle.
hang up (one's) shingle
To start a business of some kind. I'd be glad to take on your case—after years at that law firm, I'm finally hanging up my shingle.
hang out one's shingle
Open an office, especially a professional practice, as in Bill's renting that office and hanging out his shingle next month. This American colloquialism dates from the first half of the 1800s, when at first lawyers, and later also doctors and business concerns, used shingles for signboards.
hang out your shinglebegin to practise a profession. North American
The main and oldest sense of shingle is ‘a wooden roofing tile’, but in the early 19th century the word developed the more general sense of ‘a piece of board’, while in the USA it also acquired the particular meaning ‘a small signboard’. Literally, hanging out your shingle refers to hanging up a sign that advertises your profession.
hang out/up your ˈshingle(American English, informal) start to do business from your home, especially as a doctor or a lawyer: After graduating, he decided to hang out a shingle as a consultant.
shit on a shingle
n. creamed chipped beef on toast. (see also creamed foreskins. Military. Usually objectionable.) Oh, no, it’s shit on a shingle again tonight.