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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 up (one's) shingle

To open an office for one's own business or professional practice. I'd be glad to take on your case—after years at that law firm, I'm finally hanging up my shingle.
See also: hang, shingle, up

shit on a shingle

rude slang Creamed chipped beef (processed beef that has been salted and dried, served in a white sauce) on top of toast. A traditional staple of military mess halls, where the term is often used. Primarily heard in US. I know it isn't a very glamorous meal, but one of my favorite meals growing up was always shit on a shingle! After eight years on active duty, I've had more shit on shingles than I care to recount.
See also: on, shingle, shit

something on a shingle

slang Creamed chipped beef (processed beef that has been salted and dried, served in a white sauce) on top of toast. A traditional staple of military mess halls. Primarily heard in US. I know it isn't a very glamorous meal, but one of my favorite meals growing up was always something on a shingle! After eight years on active duty, I've had more something on shingles than I care to recount.
See also: on, shingle, something

stew on a shingle

slang Creamed chipped beef (processed beef that has been salted and dried, served in a white sauce) on top of toast. A traditional staple of military mess halls. Primarily heard in US. I know it isn't a very glamorous meal, but one of my favorite meals growing up was always stew on a shingle! After eight years on active duty, I've had more stew on shingles than I care to recount.
See also: on, shingle, stew
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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.
See also: hang, out, shingle
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.
See also: hang, out, shingle
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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.
See also: hang, out, shingle, up
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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.
See also: on, shingle, shit
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.”
See also: hang, out, to
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