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adjective Informal.
  1. offering services or goods at low cost because of avoidance of expensive interior decoration, as by displaying clothing for sale on plain pipe racks.
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Origin of pipe-rack

First recorded in 1945–50

pipe rack

  1. a usually wheeled rack of metal piping on which to hang clothing, as in a store.
  2. a small rack, usually of wood, for holding a smoker's pipes.
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Examples from the Web for pipe-rack

Historical Examples

  • 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.

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

    At the Time Appointed

    A. Maynard Barbour