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needle trades

plural noun
the occupations and organizations involved in the manufacture of clothing.
Origin of needle trades
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the needle trades they are twice as frequent as Bridget or Nora who came over in the steerage.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross

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