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dead +‎ stock


deadstock (countable and uncountable, plural deadstocks)

  1. Merchandise that has not yielded any use yet: from the view of the entrepreneur, one that has failed to be sold or processed and is now stowed away for possible sale or manufacturing at a later date, from the view of the consumer, a piece that has been obtained but not found application and is now—perhaps even with original labelling or packagingstored for future ideas.
    • 1861, “SUPERFLUOUS INDIGNATION.”, in The New York Times[1]:
      No newsboy could possibly have got half way to Fairfax with any copies of the TIMES "unsold:" -- he wouldn't have had one left by the time he had crossed the Potomac, but would have fallen back on his dead stock of Tribunes and Heralds.
    • 2012, Time Out New York[2]:
      the small space is a goldmine of never-been-worn big-name deadstock, including threads by Miu Miu, Alberta Ferretti and Stella McCartney, []
  2. Agricultural implements and stored produce, distinguished from livestock.
    • 2013, Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe:
      [] examining in turn, the husbandry of livestock, the consumption of domestic deadstock, and hunting in the earlier Neolithic, []
    • 2014, David Bland, Practical Poultry Keeping[3]:
      Poultry housing is the 'dead stock' of a poultry unit and as such represents a considerable portion of the capital outlay, []


deadstock (third-person singular simple present deadstocks, present participle deadstocking, simple past and past participle deadstocked)

  1. (transitive, fashion slang) To store in appropriate packaging for later.

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