I learned the phrase builder‘s yard in a dictionary as an example. But what exactly does it mean? i.e. its function, purpose, etc. I failed to find out any definition in Wikipedia, nor with Google. Could anyone tell its meaning?

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Just guessing, but I would imagine this is a BrE phrase (or elsewhere in the Commonwealth) that is the equivalent of "lumberyard" in AmE. It's a purveyor of building supplies.

  • As a BrE native: yes, correct. When I google it I get lots of hits for places to buy building materials. They mostly call themselves "builders merchants".
    – AndyT
    Mar 28, 2018 at 14:51
  • In case someone wondered, purveyor = supplier. It'd be nice to use more usual language in material for language learners. Jun 29, 2019 at 15:02

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