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The common noun follows from the proper noun.
- A chain of home improvement warehouse stores which combine the availability of large quantities of raw materials and tools.
- 1997, Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin', page 33:
- My aunt Gracie Juanita could build Tara if you gave her a year and a key to the Home Depot.
- (by extension) A place where a shopper can find everything related to a particular field.
- 1995, Jane Heller, Crystal Clear, page 85:
- She told me her name was Zola, took hold of my elbow, and guided me into the store, which turned out to be a veritable Home Depot for New Agers.
- 2003, Loren D. Estleman, Something Borrowed, Something Black, page 89:
- The room itself was no larger than an ordinary living room, but it appeared to be a Home Depot of modern weaponry.
- 2004, Susan Douglas, Meredith W. Michaels, The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and how it Has Undermined Women, page 19,
- The media, which bombard us with TV shows, movies, catalogs, ads, and magazines, serve as a kind of Home Depot of personas to draw from and put on.
- 2004, Christopher Eldridge, Conceptual Communal Home Design, page 113:
- As such, this building is literally like a Home Depot of services!
- 2006, Violet Blue, The Adventurous Couple's Guide to Sex Toys, page 99:
- This is the Home Depot of sex toys sites: It has all the basics, an enormous range of models and styles, and tips on building your own.
- 2006, Andrew Beaujon, Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock, page 113:
- It's almost like a Home Depot model for a church. You go in, get what you need, and leave.
- 2007, W. j. Caniano, The Powers That Be: America's Dirtiest Secrets, page 97:
- First, you just don't go down to the radioactive material center, like a Home Depot, and get some nuclear material.