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rag trade

noun, Slang.
the garment, clothing, or fashion industry.
Also called rag business.
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rag trader, noun Unabridged
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  • There is, in Galveston a new-invented trade, called “the rag-trade,” which is very profitable.

  • There is in Galveston a new-invented trade, called "the rag-trade," which is very profitable.

    Monsieur Violet Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for rag-trade

rag trade

(informal) the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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