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rag trade

noun, Slang.
1.
the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.
Also called rag business.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
Related forms
rag trader, noun
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Examples from the web for rag trade
  • And the rag trade is as footloose as its customers are fickle.
  • The best-known models of yesteryear often led rags-to-riches lives, courtesy of the rag trade.
  • They ran the rag trade, boiled bones and scoured the streets for old cans because the solder and metal could be sold or reused.
  • The shirts themselves are vintage, a rag trade euphemism for used.
British Dictionary definitions for rag trade

rag trade

noun
1.
(informal) the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
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