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rag trade

noun, Slang.
the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.
Also called rag business.
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  • At the same time the rag trade was torn to rags by competition; while the 'rents' became bigger every year in proportion.

British Dictionary definitions for rag trade

rag trade

(informal) the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
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