shmatte


Related to shmatte: schmatte, shul

shmatte

(ˈʃmɑtə)
n
1. a rag
2. anything shabby
3. (Clothing & Fashion) (modifier) clothes: a jocular use: the shmatte trade.
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The film interweaves the story of Haiti's pepe dealers with the memoirs of Bernard Schapiro, a Jewish Austrian immigrant who worked as one of the once-ubiquitous shmatte zamlers ("rag collectors") of a century ago.
Every shmatte motel in Florida doesn't have a swimming pool?
Although it belongs to the standard vocabulary of American Yiddish, shmatte is actually derived from the Polish word szmata (a "rag," or piece of cloth).
Benny is an old bigoted English Jew, an alter kocker, who could be running an antique store on the Portobello Road or is in the shmatte business," he explains.