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cottage industrynoun [C]

uk   us  
a ​smallbusinessrun from ​home
(Definition of cottage industry from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cottage industrynoun [C]

uk   us  
WORKPLACE a ​smallbusiness in which ​peoplework in their own homes: They make and ​market beeswax ​cosmeticsproducts as a cottage ​industry. Traditional cottage ​industries such as ​handicrafts continue to ​play a role in the ​economies of all Asian countries.
used to ​talk about a ​businessactivity in which there are many ​individuals or ​smallcompaniesworking in ways that are unusual for larger ​companies: Turning what was basically a cottage ​industry into a ​thrivingbusiness took ​energy and ​determination. At first ​computer games were ​produced by a cottage ​industry of ​homeprogrammers.
(Definition of cottage industry from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “cottage industry”
in Chinese (Simplified) 家庭小工业…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家庭小工業…
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