mind the shop

mind the shop

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while the person who normally does so is away. Would you mind the shop while I'm in this meeting? One of the suspects remained at the entranceway to mind the shop while the other two began loading the stolen goods into the truck.
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mind the shop

be temporarily in charge of affairs.
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mind the ˈshop

(British English) (American English mind the ˈstore) be in charge of something for a short time while somebody is away: Who’s minding the shop while the boss is abroad?
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References in classic literature ?
There's your tea; take it away to that box, and drink it there, and make haste, for they'll want you to mind the shop. D'ye hear?'
"P'raps old Grubb'll mind the shop a bit now," he said, "and put his blessed model in the fire.
It kicks off when Gary stashes a wad of Rick Neelan's cash in a drawer in the furniture shop, before asking Ryan to mind the shop.
DARREN MOORE The man asked to step in to mind the shop in the wake of Pardew's exit, could Moore be the long-term solution?
For 10 years it was always my job to mind the shop during summer when Tony went on holiday.
"She used to come round for a cup of tea with my mum and sometimes we would mind the shop for her.
On busy nights and at weekends this is going to take two or more police officers out of action for several hours during the process of arrest and transportation - who is going to mind the shop meantime?
DRAMA Leaving Winnie to mind the shop, Verloc (Toby Jones, left) goes to Michaelis' country cottage to prepare the bomb, taking Winnie's brother Stevie with him.
I imagine somebody has to stay there and mind the shop.
Downing Street suggested the peer would return to Britain from Greece to mind the shop.
But both men are in regular contact with Walton, who has been left to mind the shop on Wearside.
The lovers want some time alone and leave their mate to mind the shop.
He much preferred to mind the shop while his wife Peggy represented him when the Cullompton stables, fittingly named `Sprinters', had runners.
But if you are one of those who has to stay behind to mind the shop, you won't lose out, thanks to the herculean efforts of our editors to sort and analyze and digest the contents of 2000 exhibits into a manageable summary of what's important and newsworthy.
"I mind the shop when he goes to play golf - but he doesn't play during the week.