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[pahyp-rak] /ˈpaɪpˌræk/
adjective, Informal.
offering services or goods at low cost because of avoidance of expensive interior decoration, as by displaying clothing for sale on plain pipe racks.
Origin of pipe-rack
First recorded in 1945-50

pipe rack

a usually wheeled rack of metal piping on which to hang clothing, as in a store.
a small rack, usually of wood, for holding a smoker's pipes. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Below this were a pipe-rack, an aneroid, and a clock with a hearty tick.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • Just below the window and over the desk, was a pipe-rack with pipes to fit every mood and fancy of a lonely man.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • A combination of this form with the design for a pipe-rack can easily be made if desired.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • Well, after breakfast, about eleven o'clock that's to say, I light up—look at my pipe-rack—and read newspapers.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • Near the mantel was a pipe-rack filled with fine specimens of briar-wood and meerschaum pipes.

    At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour
  • Reaching the mantel-piece, he took a pipe from the pipe-rack and some tobacco from the jar that stood behind the books.

    The Masquerader Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • Then at last, as if finding the object really sought for, his eyes had come round to the mantel-piece and rested on the pipe-rack.

    The Masquerader Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • Once more I was in Sloane Square; there was my desk with its litter of papers, my pipe-rack, my books….

    The Blower of Bubbles Arthur Beverley Baxter
  • There they are now, hanging over the pipe-rack by the fireplace in my snuggery in dear old England.

  • "No," replied Vandover with a long breath, looking vaguely at the pipe-rack on the opposite wall.

    Vandover and the Brute

    Frank Norris

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