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dress goods

noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
cloth or material for dresses.
Origin of dress goods
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From hats to dress-goods—the addition of still another adjoining store was inevitable—came as a fairly natural sequence.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • dress-goods, yarns, and tops” has been our industrial hymn and prayer.

    The Face of the Fields Dallas Lore Sharp
  • We hear of his marking a piece of dress-goods forty-nine cents a yard.

  • Gittin' married,' says she, 'is like buyin' a piece o' dress-goods at the store.

    The Land of Long Ago Eliza Calvert Hall
  • At the dress-goods counter there was a neat little stack of pamphlets entitled "In the World of Fashion."

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • There are vegetables of many kinds, furniture, and dress-goods of all colors.

    Little Folks of North America Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Every seamstress in the room bent forward with an exclamation of pleasure as the piece of dress-goods was unrolled.

    Cicely and Other Stories Annie Fellows Johnston
  • At last he fell asleep, with his head resting on a pile of dress-goods; and the candle was burning unattended.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan

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