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rummage sale

a sale of miscellaneous articles, old or new, as items contributed to raise money for charity, of unclaimed goods at a wharf or warehouse, or of odds and ends of merchandise at a shop.
Origin of rummage sale
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I should call it a rummage sale, and things are rather rubbishy," said Irma.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed
  • "It's not a rummage sale, so we mustn't send rubbish," decreed Lorraine.

  • And now they were at a rummage sale, and the managers did not know what to do with them.

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • As it is quite necessary that Club have funds, the members decide to hold a rummage sale.

  • The discarded uniforms of the Garde Civique were piled high along one side, as if for a rummage sale.

  • She arose to go, then sat down again and said, "I hope you will be able to attend our rummage sale."

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • Nobody buys books at a rummage sale except the people who would buy them anyway.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • A rummage sale of toys added quite a large sum to the general fund.

  • When I went to see about a job on the railway she sent a lot of my things to a rummage sale.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
British Dictionary definitions for rummage sale

rummage sale

a sale of miscellaneous articles, usually cheap and predominantly secondhand, in aid of charity Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) jumble sale
(US) a sale of unclaimed property or unsold stock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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