a sale of sheets, pillowcases, and other white goods.
Origin of white sale
First recorded in 1920–25
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a sale of household linens at reduced prices
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A special offering of towels, bed linens and similar goods, not necessarily white-colored. For example, The big stores always have white sales in January. [c. 1900]
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