the rag trade

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the rag trade

chiefly British, informal
: the business of designing, making, and selling clothes : the fashion industry

Word by Word Definitions

rag play
  1. : a waste piece of cloth

  2. : clothes usually in poor or ragged condition

  3. : clothing

  1. : any of various hard rocks

  2. : a large roofing slate that is rough on one side

  1. : to rail at : scold

  2. : torment, tease

  1. : an outburst of boisterous fun

  1. : a composition in ragtime

trade play
  1. : the business of buying and selling or bartering commodities : commerce

  2. : business, market

  3. : dealings between persons or groups

  1. : to give one thing in exchange for another

  2. : to engage in the exchange, purchase, or sale of goods

  3. : to make one's purchases : shop

  1. : of, relating to, or used in trade

  2. : intended for or limited to persons in a business or industry

  3. : serving others in the same business rather than the ultimate user or consumer


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