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flea market

a market, often outdoors, consisting of a number of individual stalls selling old or used articles, curios and antiques, cut-rate merchandise, etc.
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flea-marketer, flea-marketeer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flea market
  • The stolen bikes were then sold at a local flea market.
  • We bought an amazingly cool old kitchen sink at a flea market and refinished it.
  • It has the serendipitous charm of a flea market, but the quality of a high-end boutique.
  • We met in an empty parking lot, next to a flea market.
  • Pie-Dog has worked as a flea market vendor for three decades.
  • If you arrive on a weekend, be sure to check out the flea market that pops up in a large parking lot nearby.
  • Take him to a festival or flea market where there are tons of people everywhere.
  • Today they have all the panache of a playground flea market.
  • The event includes an antique flea market, a street carnival, live entertainment and free family activities.
  • Special rates are available for flea market vendors.
British Dictionary definitions for flea market

flea market

an open-air market selling cheap and often second-hand goods
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Word Origin and History for flea market

1917, especially in reference to the marché aux puces in Paris, so-called "because there are so many second-hand articles sold of all kinds that they are believed to gather fleas." [E.S. Dougherty, "In Europe," 1922].

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Idioms and Phrases with flea market

flea market

A market, usually held outdoors, where used goods and antiques are sold. For example, We picked up half of our furniture at flea markets. The term is a direct translation of the French marché aux puces and presumably implies that some of the used clothes and furniture might be flea-infested. [ 1920s ]
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