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dry goods

plural noun
textile fabrics and related merchandise, as distinguished from groceries, hardware, etc.
Origin of dry goods
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the first occasion she had seen him enter a dry-goods store in Broadway, and hastening across the road had followed him in.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • It held no furniture at all—only a long, low shelf and a dry-goods box.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Do we find inroads made in Newport society by the ranchman and the dry-goods clerk?

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
  • The only other furniture were a flour-barrel and a dry-goods box.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • But I have so often seen this effect produced in dry-goods stores and elsewhere, that I was not much impressed.

  • Your cousin keeps a dry-goods store, where you have a fine view of the proceedings.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • "I don't care," she cried, stamping her foot as she stood enthroned on the dry-goods box, her train about her.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • Then I took one of the legs of the stove and pounded a board off of the dry-goods box.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • In an alley just off a busy street we found a dry-goods box, which served as a place for our meal.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers
  • We appear to have fallen in with a party of dry-goods drummers.

    The Sleeping Car William D. Howells

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