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cottage industry
▪ Cake decorating is something of a cottage industry around here.
▪ A cottage industry has even sprung up among companies that provide information about other people seeking information.
▪ A small cottage industry of biotechnology firms has sprung up to investigate this, using a variety of methods.
▪ Embroidery remains largely a cottage industry with thousands of girls and women employed as outworkers.
▪ Industry experts say this booming cottage industry now accounts for about a quarter of the X-rated video market.
▪ Their manufacture is a cottage industry run by people on the fringes of society.
▪ Today whole family groups Produce basketwork at home in what is very much a cottage industry.
cottage industry

n. 1 A job or occupation carried out at home or on a part-time basis. 2 A small-scale industry, with relatively few employees or a limited customer base or low economic impact.

cottage industry

n. small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment

Cottage Industry (EP)

Cottage Industry is First Mini-Album by South Korean duo Kim Heechul & Kim Jungmo ( M&D), released by SM Entertainment and distributed KT Music on April 20, 2015.

Usage examples of "cottage industry".

This was the home of a cottage industry of some sort: what kind of industry was impossible to judge from the outside.

As they got bigger, Demos brought in his most trusted tenants and it became a cottage industry, taking the bulk and weighing, measuring, and bagging it for the smaller wholesalers and the retail trade.

So an academic cottage industry is springing up, and small journals are breaking out in a Vico rash.

But this haphazard publishing cottage industry did nothing to dethrone the print incumbents and their avaricious pricing.

The idea is to have the Dimsdale women make them by hand - sort of a cottage industry.

They've got a goddamn cottage industry going here, Herbert thought, amazed.