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rag trade

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noun Slang.
  1. the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.
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Origin of rag trade

First recorded in 1835–45
Also called rag business.
Related formsrag trader, noun
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Examples from the Web for rag business

Historical Examples

  • There is, in Galveston a new-invented trade, called “the rag-trade,” which is very profitable.

    Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet

    Captain Marryat

  • There is in Galveston a new-invented trade, called "the rag-trade," which is very profitable.

    Monsieur Violet

    Frederick Marryat


British Dictionary definitions for rag business

rag trade

noun
  1. informal the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
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