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dress goods

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
cloth or material for dresses.
Origin of dress goods
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • Voiles are dyed in solid colors, and are used principally for dress goods.


    William H. Dooley
  • What are embroideries and dress goods compared with the life of a child?

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • With what dress goods have you had experience, and with what results?

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • 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
  • There is a graduated rate on dress goods of these materials.

  • They are both used for dress goods, and are made in solid colors.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Benzine will sometimes eradicate an oyster stew from dress goods.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • 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
  • The articles which he is about to dispose of to the highest bidders are dress goods, linen and wearing apparel.

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