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museum piece

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noun
  1. something suitable for keeping and exhibiting in a museum.
  2. something very old-fashioned or decrepit: That car he drives is a museum piece.

Origin of museum piece

First recorded in 1900–05
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British Dictionary definitions for museum piece

museum piece

noun
  1. an object of sufficient age or interest to be kept in a museum
  2. informal a person or thing regarded as antiquated or decrepit
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Idioms and Phrases with museum piece

museum piece

An elderly or old-fashioned item or person, as in When are you going to sell that museum piece of a car? or Aunt Jane comes from another era—she's a real museum piece. This expression originated about 1900 for an article valuable enough for museum display but began to be used disparagingly from about 1915.

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