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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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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offer discounted alternative-medicine programs.
132-3(b)(2)(iv) because sales at a discounted price total at least 35% of its gross sales for the prior tax year.
The current IRS examination tactic with respect to discounted FLPs is to argue that the transaction was a sham transaction that lacked economic substance; and, in the alternative, to rely on Sec.
Thus, while it is likely that taxpayers that make deeply discounted purchases (such as the 60% and 94% discounted purchases in Hamilton Industries) will fall prey to separate item treatment, it is less clear that moderate or slight discounts should subject taxpayers to such a regime.
If an employee in that line of business purchased a $100 item for the discounted price of $70, that $30 discount exceeds the allowed employee discount of $25 ($100 x 0.
We are particularly excited to enter into this relationship as it will materially strengthen PME's ability to continue to provide the highest quality discounted vision benefits to its members," says Clark Marcus, President and CEO of The Amacore Group, parent Company to Eye Care International.
In recent years, the courts have accepted more sophisticated techniques such as discounted cash flow.
The relationship, announced jointly by Amacore CEO Clark Marcus and CAREINGTON Senior Vice President Chuck Misasi, creates a powerful suite of discounted health care services and plans that will offer significant appeal to employers, families and individuals nationwide, according to the companies.
On the death of a senior family member partner, there generally is no estate tax on the difference between the value of the underlying assets and the discounted value of the partnership interest because the difference is not transferred to anyone.
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Cardmembers who use their AARP Visa Card at Avis will automatically receive their Avis AARP member discounted rate.
N-CAM(R) is the leader in Complementary and Alternative Medicine consumer and discounted health plan solutions.
In addition, access to over 1,000 free, convenience and safe overnight parking sites nationwide, discounted fees at over 200 campsites with hook ups, and discounts on gasoline prices.