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dress goods

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
cloth or material for dresses.
Origin of dress goods
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He led the way to the settee by the calico and dress goods counter.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • What are embroideries and dress goods compared with the life of a child?

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • dress goods—silk over $1.50 a square yard; cotton over 50 cents a square yard, and wool over $2 per square yard.

  • Voiles are dyed in solid colors, and are used principally for dress goods.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • These materials are very serviceable, especially for rough wear for suitings, coats, or dress goods.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • With what dress goods have you had experience, and with what results?

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Benzine will sometimes eradicate an oyster stew from dress goods.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • I've only been in with my aunt to buy things for the house, not to see his dress goods.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • She began to interest herself in Kedzie, to wish to accomplish more than the mere selling of dress goods made up.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • It was lined with "tiendas de ropas," shops displaying all the latest importations of dress goods and wearing apparel.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 2 Willis Fletcher Johnson

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