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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
Contemporary Examples
  • It's a very cozy place, and the dining area is furnished with flea-market furniture from the '60s and '70s.

    Fresh Picks Clotilde Dusoulier January 11, 2010
Historical Examples
  • The third was outside of San Francisco, in a gigantic ghost-mall that was already being used as a flea-market.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
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

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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