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cottage industry

1. A small-scale industry carried out by people in their own homes. When my grandmother was a girl, she was part of a cottage industry that made textiles, along with the rest of her family.
2. A small (and often loosely organized) network or business. It looks like you guys have a nice little cottage industry raking leaves.
3. An area of study pursued by a few passionate people. I understand that not everyone is interested in tracing minute details in modernist texts, but it's a cottage industry for a few people in the Master's program, like myself!
See also: cottage, industry

captain of industry

A wealthy and powerful person in the business world. Her family will never accept an unemployed artist like me—they expect her to marry a captain of industry. Do you want to come to the gala with me and hob-nob with some captains of industry?
See also: captain, industry, of

the bottom falls out of the industry

The sales of a particular product, or in a particular industry, stop. The phrase is often accompanied by "if" or "when," and the type of market is usually specified before the word "industry." If the bottom ever truly falls out of the automotive industry, we could have another Great Depression ahead of us. The bottom fell out of the film-camera industry when digital cameras arrived on the scene.
See also: bottom, fall, industry, of, out

captain of industry

Fig. a high-ranking corporation officer; a wealthy and successful capitalist. The captains of industry manage to hang on to their money no matter what. It's fun to see those captains of industry drive up in their limousines.
See also: captain, industry, of

a captain of ˈindustry

a person who manages a large industrial company: He later moved to Seattle, where he became a well-known figure and captain of industry.
See also: captain, industry, of
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Industries include manufacturing, financial services and hospitality.
Industries include consumer packaged goods, financial services and healthcare.
Industries include engineering, banking and data processing.
Industries include manufacturing, telecommunications and banking.
Industries include finance, consumer goods and utilities.
Industries include high technology, computer engineering and financial.
Founded in 1987, the firm recruits for the high-tech, data and computer engineering and pharmaceutical industries.
Nalco Chemical, Betz Laboratories and CBI Industries are among the firm's clients.
AIRIA - All India Rubber Industries Association - provides such a common platform to the rubber goods manufacturers in India.
The AIRIA was formed 44 years ago on April 14, 1945, as the Indian Rubber Industries Association, primarily to represent the medium and small scale rubber goods units, and subsequently in 1951 was registered as a non-share-holding limited company.
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