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Meaning of mom-and-pop

mom-and-pop

Pronunciation: (mom'un-pop'), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -pops.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom-and-pop grocery.
  2. of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project, that is independent, small in scope, and modestly financed.
—n.
  1. a small-scale, owner-operated business.
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