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"Foobar: Your one-step stop for assorted candies."

"Foobar: Your one-stop shop for assorted candies."

I am really confused about which one sounds right. I've heard the second one before, but came across the first one recently. Are both phrases correct, or is "one-step stop" just plain wrong? Can there be another refined alternative to these phrases?

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“One-stop shop” is a catchy saying because it rhymes. –  nohat Dec 26 '10 at 20:12

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"One-stop shop" is correct, "-step" is probably just a typo.

The imagery behind the metaphor is: a "one-stop shop" has everything you need, so you don't need to make any other stops on your journey.

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"One-step Stop" is probably two typos (-step and Stop), or someone was speaking quickly and got tongue-tied, saying "-step" instead of "-stop" and "Stop" instead of "Shop" –  John Satta Dec 25 '10 at 23:08
    
It could be a mixed metaphor: a one-step solution and a one-stop shop. –  Cerberus Dec 26 '10 at 3:32
    
I saw "stop" as "shop" in both instances of "one-step stop"! Hooray for reading what you expect to be there instead of what actually is. –  Zack Dec 26 '10 at 5:03

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