from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually small-scale industry carried on at home by family members using their own equipment.
- n. A small, loosely organized, yet flourishing complex of activity or industry: "The study of Gandhi has become a virtual cottage industry in the last 30 years, producing schools, museums, foundations and more than 400 biographies” ( Jean Strouse).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A job or occupation carried out at home or on a part-time basis.
- n. A small-scale industry, with relatively few employees or a limited customer base or low economic impact.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small-scale industry that can be carried on at home by family members using their own equipment
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A charge leveled by Hillary Rodham Clinton at her husband’s nattering, battering cottage industry of vilifiers makes it into the political lexicon.
A cottage industry grew within conservative think tanks, arguing not only that cultural pathologies-rather than racism or structural inequalities built into our economy-were responsible for black poverty but also that government programs like welfare, coupled with liberal judges who coddled criminals, actually made these pathologies worse.
In any other country, Alan Wolfelt’s cottage industry wouldn’t exist.