from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The body of shopkeepers.
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These stand on different ground, and I don't want to hurt their feelings or Gillian's by mixing them up with the shopocracy. '
Court, in which Mr Cranworth had danced with all the belles of the shopocracy of Eccleston -- there came creeping, creeping, in hidden, slimy courses, the terrible fever -- that fever which is never utterly banished from the sad haunts of vice and misery, but lives in such darkness, like a wild beast in the recesses of his den.