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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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The discounter channel has been boosted by the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2009 and is still not mature in most Eastern European markets where grocery retailing remains fragmented.
Although few discounters have in-house analysts, most will send investors research materials from sources such as Standard & Poor's, Value Line, Bloomberg and Morningstar.
For those stores where there was an impact on turnover from the new discounter openings, the overall loss to the major was 2.
The biggest opportunity with discounters for snack food manufacturers is with Wal-Mart, according to an article in Snack World, the publication of the Snack Food Association.
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".
More than one in three (35%) prefer to shop discounters for skin care products, with 26% choosing department stores and 18% opting for drug stores.
VALENCIA - In showing its softer side, Sears let itself get too soft, losing ground to both higher-end department stores and discounters like Target and Kohl's.
7 percent, while online spend grew by 26 percent, and discounters by 5.
By contrast, discounters Lidl and Aldi continue to enjoy strong sales growth and eat into the established players' dominance.
Sainsbury's nine-year run of quarterly sales growth has come to an end, as more and more consumers switch to discounters.
The report found that the "discount channel"--which encompasses "food" discounters such as Aldi and Lidl, pound shops and high street discount stores--is currently used by just under half (46 percent) of shoppers, and is expected to expand dramatically:
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.
Economic indicators that contributed to a difficult holiday selling season for discounters have not improved--and have actually worsened--in the early part of 2008, says Carl Steidtmann, chief economist at Deloitte & Touche USA LLR "Every single factor, other than the tax burden, was pulling the Deloitte Research Leading Index of Consumer Spending downward in February and March.