This post explains the football term ‘(to) Shut up shop’.To shut up shop

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Football Language: Shut up shop

To shut up shop is a phrase used to describe a situation when a team wants to protect its position in a game. This might be when a team is leading or even drawing against a stronger side with not long left to play in a game and so they defend in numbers, most of their players are focused on defending. It can also refer to a tactic from the start of game, to not allow the other team to score. To shut up shop.

Example: I watched Manchester United at Huddersfield and they were poor. That was after they went to Liverpool and just shut up shop. (Skysports October 2017)

Example: Despite many supporters lambasting his tactics of trying to shut up shop against Watford, Pulis insisted there were positives to draw, despite losing two points at the death. (Express and Star October 2017)

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