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. It was a blessing for a commerce-loving country to be overrun by such an army of customers: and to have such creditable warriors to feed.
A nation of shopkeepers? More like a nation of shoppers.
NAPOLEON once dismissed the British as a nation of shopkeepers. Well, this nation of shopkeepers beat him for starters.
There was a time when Britain was known as a nation of shopkeepers but those days seem to be rapidly disappearing.
It used to be said that Britain was a nation of shopkeepers. Today it is a nation of shopkeepers going bust.
Napoleononce supposedly said England was "une nation de boutiquiers" - a nation of shopkeepers. Considering old Boney's attitude to the victors of Waterloo, Torres Vedras and Trafalgar, I suppose we ought to be glad he didn't call us anything nastier.
We are no longer a nation of shopkeepers but a nation of crimpers according to new research.
BRITAIN has gone from being a nation of shopkeepers to a nation of shoplifters, it is claimed.
He wrote: "To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a people of customers, may at first sight appear a project fit only for a nation of shopkeepers.
From the outset, Tony Blair's Cool Britannia would be a massive PR campaign to persuade the world that the country Napoleon once mocked as a nation of shopkeepers was now a nation of artists and designers, with the future in their enterprising bones.
BRITAIN, once described as a nation of shopkeepers is now a nation of supermarkets.