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cottage industry

the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.
any small-scale, loosely organized industry.
Origin of cottage industry
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Out in the country again, going westwards, the cottage industry of weaving is apparent in nearly every cottage one sees.

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British Dictionary definitions for cottage industry

cottage industry

an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment
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cottage industry

noun phrase

  1. Productive work done at home using computers or computer terminals
  2. A local, esp a rural, concern or enthusiasm: great supporter of the contras, an occupation that appears to have been an Arkansas cottage industry

[1920s+; based on the name given to the system of having piecework done at home, rather than in factories, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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