Nation of Shopkeepers

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Nation of Shopkeepers

name disdainfully given to Britain by Napoleon Bonaparte. [Fr. Hist.: Wheeler, 256]
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The remembrance of such a fact surely becomes a nation of shopkeepers.
BRITAIN, once described as a nation of shopkeepers is now a nation of supermarkets.
BRITAIN has gone from being a nation of shopkeepers to a nation of shoplifters, it is claimed.
Economist and philosopher, Adam Smith, famously called Britain a nation of shopkeepers in the 18th Century.