shop-soiled

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shop-soiled (comparative more shop-soiled, superlative most shop-soiled)

  1. Soiled from display in a shop; shopworn.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13
      All Tuesday week afternoon she was hunting to match that chenille but at last she found what she wanted at Clery's summer sales, the very it, slightly shopsoiled but you would never notice
    • 1977, Paul Hasluck, Mucking About: An Autobiography
      The only book of poetry in the whole lot was a shop-soiled copy of The Poems of George Herbert in the World Classics series.
    • 2004, Richard Christou, Drafting Commercial Agreements
      The most usual examples of this are the sales of second-hand or shop-soiled goods where the vendor clearly states their condition and sells them "as seen".