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Difference between Clothes man and Old-clothes man

clothes mana dealer in cast-off or second-hand clothes:

  • I bought from the clothes-man a suit of the most gentlemanly garments he possessed.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase man of the cloth—a priest:

  • It’s nice to see a man of the cloth actually using and believing in science.

Cf.: clothier—a retail seller of cloth:

  • My father was a clothier. He sold cloth to the tailors or to men who would then go to a tailor.

old-clothes man — = clothes man:

  • This mantle he had just purchased of the old-clothes man … to protect himself from the cold of the March.