Rummage sale

Rummage sale
Rummage Rum"mage (?; 48), n. [For roomage, fr. room; hence originally, a making room, a packing away closely. See {Room}.] 1. (Naut.) A place or room for the stowage of cargo in a ship; also, the act of stowing cargo; the pulling and moving about of packages incident to close stowage; -- formerly written romage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A searching carefully by looking into every corner, and by turning things over. [1913 Webster]

He has made such a general rummage and reform in the office of matrimony. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

{Rummage sale}, a clearance sale of unclaimed goods in a public store, or of odds and ends which have accumulated in a shop. --Simmonds. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rummage sale — rummage sales N COUNT A rummage sale is a sale of cheap used goods that is usually held to raise money for charity. [AM] (in BRIT, use jumble sale) …   English dictionary

  • rummage sale — rummage ,sale noun count AMERICAN a sale of used clothes, toys, books, etc., especially to collect money for a CHARITY (=an organization that helps poor people). British usually jumble sale …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rummage sale — n AmE an event at which old clothes, toys etc are sold as a way of getting money, for example to help a school or church British Equivalent: jumble sale …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rummage sale — n. a sale of contributed miscellaneous articles, used or new, to raise money as for charitable purposes …   English World dictionary

  • rummage sale — noun a sale of donated articles • Syn: ↑jumble sale • Hypernyms: ↑sale, ↑cut rate sale, ↑sales event * * * noun, pl ⋯ sales [count] US : a sale of used items (such as old clothes or toys) especially to raise money for a church, school, charity,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rummage sale — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rummage sale : singular rummage sale plural rummage sales American a jumble sale …   English dictionary

  • rummage sale — sale of used items, second hand sale; informal sale of personal possessions usually held on one s premises; informal estate sale …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rummage sale — noun Date: circa 1858 a usually informal sale of miscellaneous goods; especially a sale of donated articles conducted by a nonprofit organization (as a church or charity) to help support its programs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rummage sale — rum′mage sale n. a sale of miscellaneous articles, esp. items contributed to raise money for charity • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • rummage sale — a sale of miscellaneous articles, old or new, as items contributed to raise money for charity, of unclaimed goods at a wharf or warehouse, or of odds and ends of merchandise at a shop. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

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