Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A shop where candy and other sweets are sold; a confectionery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shop where tuck or food, particularly sweet stuff, pastry, etc., is sold.

Etymologies

From British slang tuck, food, sweets, from tuck1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In absence of proper control and check on the manufacture and sale of spurious goods, seven children fell ill after consuming stale sweets from a local tuck-shop in Kashmir village.

    7 Kashmiri children fall sick after consuming sweets, one dies

  • My father financed the bulk and my mother helped by organising a variety of fund-raisers: she held raffles and put on a movie evening at school, while I worked in the tuck-shop selling sweets.

    An Autobiography

  • UCT students, damaged at least 12 cars and raided a tuck-shop on campus.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "Well, sir," says I, "like you, I wouldn't trust the Nana as far as the tuck-shop."

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • "The khaki-clad boys were as merry as a party of undergraduates celebrating some joyous event at the college tuck-shop."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, February 28, 1917

  • Meanwhile, Plunger and Moncrief minor were thrown into a state of great excitement by finding letters awaiting them at the adjacent tuck-shop.

    The Hero of Garside School

  • It is pleasant to picture the German General Staff laboriously ploughing through reports of football-matches, juvenile poems and letters to the Editor complaining of the rise in prices at the tuck-shop, in order to discover that Second-Lieutenant Blank, of the Umptieth Battery, R.F.A., is stationed in Mesopotamia, and therefrom to deduce the present distribution of the British Army.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, April 4, 1917

  • Gordon, of course, had to be fairly quiet in the tuck-shop.

    The Loom of Youth

  • One of the easiest ways of discovering a person's social status at school is by watching his behaviour in the tuck-shop.

    The Loom of Youth

  • Then Foster came in aglow with excitement, and the two went up to the tuck-shop and ate numerous ices, and made a great row, and knocked over many chairs, and threw sugar about.

    The Loom of Youth

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