bargain-basement


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bargain-basement

1. Sold at a low or reduced price; very inexpensive. The term comes from a section of a department store, usually at the ground or basement level, where inexpensive items or those at reduced prices are sold. George paid nearly $500 for his designer suit, but I think my bargain-basement suit looks just as nice.
2. Of very poor or inferior quality; having very little or no value. You can tell that these are bargain-basement toys: they all broke after an hour of the kids playing with them.
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Not-quite perfect products offered at bargain-basement prices; regular merchandise also available.
The first shoe dropped last October, when SAPPI announced it had a buyer in the Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, which was paying a bargain-basement $180 million.
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As the evening wears on, and the sweat gathers in greater profusion, off come the bargain-basement shirts and jeans.
Thousands of young black men are serving long prison sentences for selling cocaine--a drug that was virtually unobtainable in black neighborhoods before members of the CIA's army brought it into South-Central in the 1980s at bargain-basement prices."
But even as they try to dazzle you with bargain-basement budgeting, NEA boosters and PBS fans also feel an urgent need to inform you that much more is on the line than the infinitesimal amount of money these programs soak up: Civilization itself hangs in the balance.
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Deputy general secretary Hugh Lanning said: "This is a disgraceful bid to replace fair, negotiated compensation with bargain-basement pay-offs."
The health secretary said bargain-basement deals were a health risk.
To win the Cheveley Park with such a bargain-basement purchase is an excellent advertisement for the game.
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Effectively, it meant that Adolph Zukor, who was the chairman of Famous Players-Lasky, drove the Allens out of business and through FPCC, he bought all their theatres at a bargain-basement price.