mind the shop

mind the shop

To monitor a particular place or situation, usually while someone is away. Will 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.
P'raps old Grubb'll mind the shop a bit now," he said, "and put his blessed model in the fire.
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.
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.
That statistic alone is one of the reasons why Redfearn has been asked to mind the shop by chairman Ken Bates, who dismissed Simon Grayson as manager amid fears that the club's promotion hopes were fading.
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.
HARRIET Harman yesterday stepped in to mind the shop while Gordon Brown takes a summer break.
I'll just mind the shop while the election goes on.