buy cotton

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buy cotton (third-person singular simple present buys cotton, present participle buying cotton, simple past and past participle bought cotton)

  1. (US, euphemistic) To lack employment.
    • To Kill a Mocking-Bird, by Harper Lee
      I never knew how old Mr Radley made his living - Jem said he "bought cotton", a polite term for doing nothing.