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at a discount

1. Below the usual commercial price or value. The prices are so much cheaper over there that I always feel like I'm getting things at a discount.
2. In low regard as to esteem, value, or worth; worthless or undesirable. The rebels were at first celebrated for defying the monarchy, but they are now at a discount since they began attacking civilian targets. Though he was a pioneer of the field, the views of Sigmund Freud are held at a discount by most modern psychologists.
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five-finger discount

The act of shoplifting. You're going to get caught if you keep using your five-finger discount at all of these places!
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five-finger discount

Sl. shoplifting. Sam used his five-finger discount to get the kind of ring Jane wanted. I got this necklace by five-finger discount.
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at a discount

At a lower than usual price; also, held in low esteem. For example, I'm holding off on buying a computer until I can get one at a discount, or Liberals are at a discount in the present administration. The first usage, mainly found in business and commerce, dates from about 1700. The figurative usage is about a century newer.
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five-finger discount

an act of shoplifting. North American informal
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five-finger discount

n. the acquisition of something by shoplifting. Mooshoo used his five-finger discount to get the kind of ring Britney wanted.
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Fujii reckons that over 50 percent of these are not discountable, owing to the issuers' small size--rather than because of financial performance problems.
In the case of closely held companies, particularly if S shareholder agreements have stringent transferability restrictions, the stock is highly illiquid and, thus, discountable for lack of marketability.
Admittedly, some applications of the term are superficial and discountable (a problem that is probably neither unusual nor, unhappily, even avoidable).
At The New Republic, the hatchet job has become the paradigm, and as a result feels formulaic and predictable -- and, thus, discountable.
This is because the risk to the licensor that it will be held to have acted improperly is distant, indefinite, and discountable.
The impact of jurors' likes and dislikes, never discountable, can easily be accentuated once legal shackles are removed.