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jumble sale

noun, British
Origin of jumble sale
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Say you went to a jumble sale and bought it; you paid one-and-twopence-halfpenny for it.

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • When the waiters had moved away, "We are having a jumble sale," she announced.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • Her old boxes, which she had taken with her from home, had been sent to a jumble sale.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Without Love they were nothing—odds and ends, fit for a jumble sale.

  • As everyone does the same, a stranger passing by would think there must be a 'jumble sale' going on.

  • That's the right figure, isn't it, for the best things at a jumble sale?

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The jumble sale was being held in the schools and all St. Gwithian was there, fighting tooth and nail over the bargains.

  • It was so old that any jumble sale would have been pleased to have it.

    The Professional Aunt Mary C.E. Wemyss
  • The mayor's wife opened the door an inch and peeped at us as we lay, looking, indeed, more like a jumble sale than anything.

British Dictionary definitions for jumble sale

jumble sale

a sale of miscellaneous articles, usually cheap and predominantly secondhand, in aid of charity US and Canadian equivalent rummage sale
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