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1. A rag.
2. An old or ragged garment.

[Yiddish shmate, from Polish szmata.]
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After all, he's no vegetarian, So it can't be the rabbit food at lunch, Nobody sensible should play that hunch; Perhaps to preserve standards sartorial, His role at the school from time immemorial; Or just to plague the associate dean, The one he always refers to as green, Whose red schmatte makes him vent his spleen, (10) And whose moot courtroom threat makes him chortle with glee About getting Brown to revoke my degree.
Corporate America still maintained a strong glass ceiling--so-called gentlemen's agreements barred entry into fields like medicine and the law--but in the schmatte business, the only ceiling was creativity and sweat equity, savvy and timing.
What ever the future, waspy or schmatte chic, haute couture or global cheap, there's no denying that Jews have had a major impact on the world's wardrobe.
I did at last find schmatte (American Heritage, Encarta)--a rag or worthless thing, but what's the point?
If you had an extra coupla bucks to spend on a famous little schmatte, would you want Diana's?
Although his family hoped to enlist him in their schmatte business, Shatner turned to acting and eventually transformed a short TV gig (the original Star Trek TV series ran from 1966-69) into the creation of an internationally recognized icon.
That he appears with his unruly hair tied up in a super-undressy schmatte comes off as an emblem of freedom.
Though Caspar's verbalized accusations of Bernie rather than Mink or the Dane suggest that his suspicions are a matter not of sexuality but ethnicity--"the Schmatte," he calls him, "the Sheeny"--his characterization of Bernie as unethical (explicit) and queer (tacit) is more significant in what it allows Caspar.
His last article entitled "Of Tchotchkes, Mavens, Schmattes and Other English Words" appeared in our FaU 2011 issue of Midstream.
Nevertheless, between the lattes, schmattes and all the different specialty drinks, one drink has consistently increased in popularity -- the cappuccino.
Constructing material life out of the schmattes of his former home, he manages in his syncretic alphabets and geographies to find a dynamic substitute for both negation of the past and sentimental nostalgia for it.