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the carriage trade

Affluent patrons of a store, restaurant, or other such establishment. The name refers to the usual mode of transportation for wealthy people in bygone eras. Don't worry about this slight economic downturn—the carriage trade will keep us in business.
See also: carriage, trade

horse and buggy

A horse-drawn carriage. The phrase is often used to emphasize that something is outdated (much like the horse and buggy itself). I'm sorry, Grandma, but shag carpeting has definitely gone the way of the horse and buggy.
See also: and, buggy, horse

horse and carriage

A horse-drawn carriage. The phrase is often used to emphasize that something is outdated (much like the horse and carriage itself). I'm sorry, Grandma, but shag carpeting has definitely gone the way of the horse and carriage.
See also: and, carriage, horse

horse and buggy

 and horse and carriage; buggy whip
Fig. a carriage pulled by a horse, as opposed to a modern automobile; the horse was urged on with a whip. (A symbol of old-fashionedness or out-of-dateness. Particularly with go out with, as in the examples.) That kind of clothing went out with the horse and buggy. I thought suspenders went out with the horse and carriage, but I see them everywhere now.
See also: and, buggy, horse

carriage trade

The best customers. Restaurants, stores, and other establishments were especially pleased to serve wealthy customers who arrived and departed in their own private horse and carriage, as distinguished from people who came and went by foot or public transportation. It was the purchasing power of the carriage trade that produced a reaction from the establishment's personnel that was solicitous to the point of obsequiousness.
See also: carriage, trade
References in classic literature ?
That old man noticed a face thrust out of the carriage window gazing at them, and respectfully touching Pierre's elbow said something to him and pointed to the carriage.
He approached the carriage, and delivered his message gallantly and intelligently.
He turned himself sideways to the carriage, and leaned back, with his face thrown up to the sky, and his head hanging down; then recovered himself, fumbled with his cap, and made a bow.
At the same moment the carriage began to move, and a gas-lamp at the head of the slip flashed its light into the window.
"Yes; this morning we breakfasted with him; we rode in his carriage all day, and now we have taken possession of his box."
The road went up and down, and several times the carriage passed over a little bridge beneath which water rushed very fast with a great deal of noise.
With this recommendation, the person who had accompanied the king in the carriage ascended the flight of steps, at the top of which the governor was awaiting him.
These new-comers evidently meant mischief with regard to the carriage.
The old butler who had traveled with the countess, came to the carriage to announce that everything was ready, and the countess got up to go.
Miller to order her carriage to be in readiness to start so soon as they had breakfasted.
Two were in the carriage now: one a little person, with light hair, and dressed in the height of the fashion; the other in a brown silk pelisse, and a straw bonnet with pink ribbons, with a rosy, round, happy face, that did you good to behold.
Presently he reached a slight declivity at the foot of which, in a spot sheltered from the enemy's balls, he had stationed the carriage, containing a young woman, the companion of his childhood, the being most dear to him on earth.
Ginger was never put into the carriage again, but when she was well of her bruises one of the Lord W 's younger sons said he should like to have her; he was sure she would make a good hunter.
It was useless to try to keep pace on foot with a carriage drawn by two powerful horses.
He walked down the Rue Richelieu, meditating how he should carry off the queen in her turn, for to take her in a carriage bearing the arms of France was not to be thought of, when he perceived an equipage standing at the door of the hotel belonging to Madame de Guemenee.