hang out (one's) shingle

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hang out (one's) shingle

To open an office for one's own business or professional practice. After years working at that big law firm, I'm finally hanging out my shingle for my own private practice. After I graduated medical school and hung out my shingle, I had a little bit of trouble attracting new patients.
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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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hang out your shingle

begin 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.
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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.
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hang out one's shingle, to

To open an office, especially a professional practice. This term comes from nineteenth-century America, when lawyers, doctors, and various business concerns often used actual shingles for signboards. Van Wyck Brooks, in The World of Washington Irving (1944), wrote, “Catlin hung out his shingle as a portrait-painter.”
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