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    #1

    a drug in the market

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Lace veils are a drug in the market.

    a drug in the market = unsold/dead/old stock; shop-spoiled goods

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V

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    #2

    Re: a drug in the market

    Correct. More generally, it´s something that no one wants or buys.

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    #3

    Re: a drug in the market

    Fascinating! I've never heard this term. Is it a particularly AmE phrase?

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    Re: a drug in the market

    I suppose it is Am. Eng. The only time I´ve heard it, was from my father
    who used it to talk about merchandise that he couldn´t "unload."

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    #5

    Re: a drug in the market

    I beg your pardon about my flat English but there is a term as “spinster” that is considered to be 100% drug in the market in our area.

    It’s my profound conviction that these considerations weight with the all over the world.

    V.

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    #6

    Re: a drug in the market

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I beg your pardon about my flat English but there is a term as “spinster” that is considered to be 100% drug in the market in our area.

    It’s my profound conviction that these considerations weight with the all over the world.

    V.
    I'm sorry to say that I don't really understand any part of your post!

    Do you mean there is an unmarried woman in your area who people consider to be "impossible to get rid of/offload/marry off"?

    Your final sentence makes no sense to me at all.

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    Re: a drug in the market

    Hi emsr2d2,

    You have caught rightly the first part of my confused post

    The problem to the complicated second part has an easy solution. I will try my luck again.

    I am deeply convinced that my statement concerning the unmarried women in the families applies to the all human communities.

    V.

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    #8

    Re: a drug in the market

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi emsr2d2,

    You have caught rightly the first part of my confused post

    The problem to the complicated second part has an easy solution. I will try my luck again.

    I am deeply convinced that my statement concerning the unmarried women in the families applies to the all human communities.

    V.
    Well, I'm sure that in all societies there are a number of unmarried women, but I'd hesitate to suggest that it's necessarily because they are impossible to offload, as if they are defective in some way!!!

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    #9

    Re: a drug in the market

    It's usually 'a drug on the market'.

    "drug on the market (plural drugs on the market)

    (idiomatic) something which is overabundant at the moment and thus not in demand."
    (Wiktionary)

    Rover

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    #10

    Re: a drug in the market

    Yes, that rings a bell. The correct preposition is on.

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