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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

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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Although the two major discounter operators in eastern Europe are the Russian based retailers X5 Retail Group controlling the chain Pyaterochka and its main rival Magnit, which have expanded strongly in 2009, the reach of private-label remained modest in Russia, with a share of 0.
As you might have read in BLACK ENTERPRISE last October (see "Bytes to Bucks"), many discounters offer lower fees for electronic trading, as little as $7.
Approval ratings for the quality offered by the discounters, on the other hand, have gone up across the board, with Farmfoods leading the pack, an impressive 51% of shoppers describing the quality of its products as "10/10 outstanding".
Mattress Discounters has picked up real estate and budgeting expertise as part of the overall focus on profitability that comes with being part of a public company.
Table 28: Leading Global Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Discounters by Sales per Square Meter (US$), 2006-2010
Hypermarket, Supermarket, and Discounters in Australia increased at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.
The discounters show no sign of stopping and, with plans to open hundreds of stores between them, they will noticeably widen their reach to the British population.
Tire Discounters is following in the footsteps of Fortune 500 companies, like Pure Genius and Google, as it dedicates resources to talent management.
Price matching may have the effect of highlighting to shoppers just how much cheaper the discounters are.
26 percent of shoppers plan to use food discounters more in the coming year
The resurgence of Aldi and Lidl has hogged the spotlight, but the growth of TJ Morris, B&M Retail, Farmfoods and other UK-owned discounters has been no less dramatic on the indie grocery retail scene, according to The Grocer's annual ranking of the UK's Top 5o independents.
SUPERMARKET shoppers' "recession panic" could be coming to an end as research showed strong quarterly growth for Waitrose while discounters lost momentum.
Last week, the mattress specialty retailer signed a letter of intent to purchase Mattress Discounters, the specialty retailer based in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Discounters face challenges as legacy airlines lower costs.