the rag trade

Definition of the rag trade

chiefly British, informal

  1. :  the business of designing, making, and selling clothes :  the fashion industry

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a waste piece of cloth

    :  clothes usually in poor or ragged condition

    :  clothing

  1. :  any of various hard rocks

    :  a large roofing slate that is rough on one side

  1. :  to rail at :  scold

    :  torment, tease

  1. :  an outburst of boisterous fun

    :  prank

  1. :  a composition in ragtime

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

    :  business, market

    :  dealings between persons or groups

  1. :  to give one thing in exchange for another

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

    :  to make one's purchases :  shop

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

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

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

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a trip made at another's expense

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