from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shop for the sale of oysters.


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  • Thackeray, of how, when one wet night they were all at a little oyster-shop then facing the Strand Theatre, the barmaid Jane, thoroughly out of humour at Jerrold's chaff, slapped down before the little man the liquor he had ordered, with the words, "There's your grog and take care you don't drown yourself;" with the effect of damping his spirits for the rest of the night.

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  • And now they keep an oyster-shop for mermaids down below.

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  • The last time I saw her she was cleaning the upstairs rooms at "Josephine's," the little oyster-shop off the Street of the Three Pebbles.

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  • One such night they went to the gallery at the opera, to supper at an oyster-shop, under Alan's pilotage, and then set out to walk back to

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  • If a friend and his wife drop in suddenly in the evening or to dine, it is monstrously inconvenient to have an oyster-shop round the corner whence to improvise a supper or a dinner.

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  • The young Doctor has a very small office and a very large sign, with a transparency at night big enough for an oyster-shop.

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  • From the back parlour of an oyster-shop my hazard table has been removed to this palace.

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  • The next morning, John Dounce was rather feverish with the extra brandy-and-water of the previous night; and, partly in the hope of cooling himself with an oyster, and partly with the view of ascertaining whether he owed the young lady anything, or not, went back to the oyster-shop.

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  • At an oyster-shop, eat a plate of oysters, and you have in return seven tickets, good for one plate of oysters each.

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  • During the play, Master Tommy disposes of a vast quantity of oranges and sponge-cakes -- vanishing between each act to obtain a fresh supply; -- making butterflies of the bill, and causing the double-barrelled _lorgnette_ (which was hired for the occasion from an adjacent oyster-shop) to slip off the cushion, falling upon a bald gentleman in the pit: -- the excited little pest remarking everything, and fairly shouting at the discovery of Alphonso below, until chid by his mother.

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