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market basket

a basket or cart for groceries.
a selected group of consumer goods and services whose cost is tracked for calculating a consumer price index and measuring the cost of living. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was an exciting time when one of the chickens escaped from a market-basket and had to be chased all over the carriage.

    Our Little French Cousin Blanche McManus
  • Now came Temperance with her market-basket, and she had to be told.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • The Colonel went himself to the door and brought in a market-basket that stood in the porch.

  • They bombarded the three with stones and dirt; a woman threw an egg, another hurled her market-basket with uncertain aim.

    Star of Mercia Blanche Devereux
  • A battered straw hat, drawn well over his eyes, a large apron, and a market-basket completed the transformation.

    The House Opposite Elizabeth Kent
  • Without her market-basket, which is a sort of wicker well with two flapping lids, she never stirs abroad.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • One morning Ned was missing, but the market-basket came off, piled up as usual with luxuries for dinner.

  • In a moment she was back, and the two walked on, Flora insisting on helping Ruth with her market-basket.

    The Hazeley Family A. E. Johnson
  • I ought in conscience to have had a separate dish for the potatoes, but my market-basket was resolved not to take it.

  • No customer left her stand without adding something to the weight of his or her market-basket.

    Fashion and Famine Ann S. Stephens

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