the title:

"Closing Up Shop on a Marriage"

the article:


My question about this is:

the main character of this narrative got separated from her husband, so I don't get the "on marriage" part.

not a big text though.

  • I can't access the source here, but "to close up shop on X* is an "unusual" usage that basically means to end X (to stop using or endorsing X). The narrator is presumably describing how her marriage failed / became "irrelevant". Apr 8, 2022 at 18:28
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    In the UK, the more alliterative 'shut up shop' is quite common. "I am not saying that we should shun qualifications and shut up shop on our careers." Apr 9, 2022 at 8:47

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Close up shop is an idiom that means to end something. It's typically used when referring to a business or business activity.

In this case, the author is referring to a marriage like you might refer to a business arrangement. This usage is very informal and not very common.

  • The writer of the story is using the idiom in the stronger sense of taking care of the last details before closing permanently and means it as a metaphor for her former marriage: the shared rewards card is the last detail that she cannot bring herself to take care of.
    – djs
    Apr 12, 2022 at 16:45

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