rag trade


noun Slang.

the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.

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Also called rag business.

Origin of rag trade

First recorded in 1835–45

OTHER WORDS FROM rag trade

rag trader, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for rag trade

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for rag trade

rag trade

noun

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