During the Edo Period (1603-1867), when it was a matter of course for common people to wear secondhand clothes, sheds that sold old clothes lined the banks of the Kandagawa river in Yanagiwara, the area from Akihabara to Asakusabashi in present-day Tokyo.
The sheds were enclosed with reed screens. Apparently, some of the merchandise were of such dubious origin that shoppers had no way of knowing what they were before they were remade into something else. An old senryu satirical short poem goes: "In Yanagiwara/ Loincloths turn into hoods." The hood may be warm, but if one knew it used to be someone's underwear, no one would wear it.
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Urban Dictionary: sold down the river
A phrase meaning to be betrayed by another. Originated during the slave trade in America. Selling a slave "down the river" would uproot the slave from their from ...
shed (BUILDING) Show phonetics
1 a small building, usually made of wood, used for storing things:
a garden shed
a tool/bicycle shed
2 a large simple building used for a particular activity:
the lambing shed
shed (GET RID OF)
verb [T] shedding, shed, shed
1 (often used in newspapers) to get rid of something you do not need or want:
900 jobs will be shed over the next few months.
Psychotherapy helped him to shed some of his insecurity/inhibitions.
I'm going on a diet to see if I can shed (= become thinner by losing) a few kilos.
2 to lose a covering, such as leaves, hair or skin, because it falls off naturally, or to drop something in a natural or accidental way:
The trees shed their leaves in autumn.
They ran down to the sea, shedding clothes as they went.
UK A lorry had shed a load of gravel across the road.
━━ v. （shed; -dd-） （涙・血を）流す; （光を）放つ ((on)); 与える; （雨水などを）はじく; （服・皮・殻などを）脱ぎすてる, 脱皮［換羽・脱毛・落葉］する; （羽・角を）落とす; 取り除く; 〔英〕 積み荷を過って落とす; こぼれる.
shed one's blood 血を流す, 死ぬ ((for)).
shed the blood of … / shed …'s blood 人を殺す, 人を傷つける.
下帯, 腰布, ふんどし.