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1British Small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
- ‘The company has a £45 million a year turnover with sales of a wide range of products, including household wares, haberdashery and clothes at budget prices.’
- ‘You are taken on a journey through the closed store, passing through bedroom furniture and fine china, accounts and haberdashery.’
- ‘Many display shelves were covered by stationery materials, crepe paper, haberdashery, hair conditioner and washing detergent, boot polish and plastic toys.’
- ‘The shop specialises in a wide range of fabrics, haberdashery and buttons.’
- ‘Fight scenes of bewildering sword combat make conscientious use of the loitering props - chairs, crates and candlesticks are among the wasted haberdashery.’
2North American Men's clothing and other items sold by a haberdasher.
- ‘Like Dr. Grant, however, the meticulous doctor found no pleasure in soiling his fancy haberdashery during a leisurely round of golf.’
- ‘As part of this refit, the company also scaled back floor space for textiles, dress fabrics, haberdashery and knitting yarns.’
- ‘To the democratic reader committed to affording all beliefs equal status, belief is a sort of style, like haberdashery, taken on and put away at will.’
- ‘Off the field, Portis also was fun because of his outlandish haberdashery and his outrageously confident attitude.’
- ‘On opening day fifteen departments were ready for business, including grocery, confectionery, wine, perfume, books, haberdashery, sporting goods, and toys.’
3A shop or a department within a larger store that sells haberdashery.
- ‘Soon, Hollywood's fine haberdasheries were replaced by pizza joints, T-shirt shops, and pornographic bookstores.’
- ‘So he got me the plush summer job at the men's haberdashery selling ties and socks and underwear.’
- ‘There are 14 departments with escalators and elevators ‘going up’ to haberdashery and food and down to furniture and china.’
- ‘The three of us trooped off together to get outfitted at a mid-town haberdashery.’
- ‘His men's haberdashery in St. Paul, Minn., once served as the factory's midwestern distribution center.’
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