hang a shingle

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hang a shingle


Definition verb An Americanism, to open a private office or practice, by a professionale.g., physician, lawyer.

Comment The phrase derives from the name plate used, which is symbolically a roofing shingle, as the professional opening the office is traditionally so poor when opening a practice that he can afford nothing more luxurious or formal. 

Reference https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100318092837AAbklT8

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