Definitions

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  • adj. worn or faded from being on display in a store

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Examples

  • All Tuesday week afternoon she was hunting to match that chenille but at last she found what she wanted at Clery's summer sales, the very it, slightly shopsoiled but you would never notice, seven fingers two and a penny.

    Ulysses

  • All Tuesday week afternoon she was hunting to match that chenille but at last she found what she wanted at Clery’s summer sales, the very it, slightly shopsoiled but you would never notice, seven fingers two and a penny.

    Ulysses

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  • 'So why ride that swaybacked steed, weighed down with its multifarious semantic baggage, in the first place? ... Because all our political terms are shopsoiled by history; to talk about autonomy or toleration or dignity is to join a conversation that has been ongoing long before you arrived and will continue long after you've departed.'
    Kwame Anthony Appiah, The Ethics of Identity, p. xi.

    June 11, 2009