rag-and-bone shop

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the Victorian practice of literally collecting rags and bones from households for resale.

Noun[edit]

rag-and-bone shop (plural rag-and-bone shops)

  1. (UK) A dealership selling cheap unwanted second-hand goods, or bric-a-brac, that have been collected for nothing as disposable items.

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