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general store

a store, usually in a rural area, that sells a wide variety of merchandise, as clothing, food, or hardware, but is not divided into departments.
Origin of general store
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was in a general store, and the instrument was in a booth.

  • The latter comprised also the post-office, the fish depot, and a general store.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • For a few minutes Ralph stood outside of the general store, undecided what was best to do next.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • Gabe described the Simmons general store and its proprietor.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is evident that, instead of the above arrangement, all the boxes can be stacked in piles in a general store room.

  • Two old chaps who keep what I believe they would call a 'general store.'

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Here an old man named Simpson kept a general store to which, in the rear, was attached a small livery stable and garage.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Charles-Norton found the whole population in the general store.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • The saloon and the general store, sometimes combined, were its representative institutions.

    The Last American Frontier Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson

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