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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?
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!
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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a captain of ˈindustrya person who manages a large industrial company: He later moved to Seattle, where he became a well-known figure and captain of industry.
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