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Fancies

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Fancy

1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods.

2. Extravagant; above real value. This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants. (Macaulay) fancy ball, a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons and nations. Fancy fair, a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose. Fancy goods, fabrics of various colours, patterns, etc, as ribbons, silks, laces, etc, in distinction from those of a simple or plain colour or make. Fancy line, a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth) in front of the doffer. Fancy stocks, a species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are artificial. Fancy store, one where articles of fancy and ornament are sold. Fancy woods, the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.