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

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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