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small stores

plural noun, Navy.
personal articles of regulation issue sold to sailors by a supply officer and charged to their pay, as extra clothing.
Origin of small stores
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I had put a clean box on the wagon to contain the small stores I had purchased.

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  • Under it were several lockers for the galley utensils and small stores.

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  • They turned off the boulevard and passed through a street of small stores.

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  • He was waiting for his boat, which was being loaded at our feet with packages of small stores for some vessel ready to leave.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • The small stores came on board for the cabin, and Dan McCoy persuaded me to try the flavour of a bottle of cherry-bounce.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • There surely she could find a room, and perhaps in one of the small stores what she failed to secure in the larger, a position.

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  • There are two or three small stores, a post office, two liveries and the railroad station half a mile away.

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  • With the small stores I have found it economical and convenient to set aside portions for each day.

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  • We received from her an additional supply of tobacco, and other small stores.

British Dictionary definitions for small stores

small stores

plural noun
(navy) personal items, such as clothing, sold aboard ship or at a naval base Compare slop chest
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