shmatte

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Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish שמאַטע ‎(shmate); originally from Polish szmata.

Noun[edit]

shmatte ‎(plural shmattes)

  1. (Yinglish) A rag.
  2. (Yinglish) An old article of clothing.
  3. An item of clothing: a "rag" in fashion- and clothing-industry slang.

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  • 2007 December 12, David M. Halbfinger, “A Film Producer Guided More by His Heart Than by His Calculator”, in New York Times[1]:
    I said, Why am I in the shmatte business? Mr. Kimmel said of his beginners luck.

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