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Re: Origin meaning and the usages of the two phrases

Posted by Bob on April 09, 2005

In Reply to: Origin meaning and the usages of the two phrases posted by bubu on April 09, 2005

: Hello,

: What is the meaning of the phrases below.

: 1. dream merchant
: 2. one man industry

: PS: I found these phrases refering to a single person.

"Dream Merchant" is a person who sells illusions and fantasies, either for entertainment (Walt Disney, for example) or for larceny (a con man.)
A "one-man industry" would be a person who generates so much business that he is the economic equivalent of an entire industry. (By the way, who was the person?)