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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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Discounter dodgers just do not like discount stores.
It is a true limited range discounter with features as follows:
The study found 30% of shoppers at food discounters claimed they were 'on a main shop', versus 27% in July 2014, 22% in October 2013 and 19% in July 2013.
Discounters' merchandising philosophy has liabilities as well as assets, says Dan Raftery, vice president of Willard Bishop Consulting, Barrington, Ill.
Headed by the leaders X Retail Group controlling the chain Pyaterochka and its main rival Magnit, domestic discounters have expanded almost exponentially in 2006 and 2007, a trend likely to continue, thanks to the opening of stores in second-tier cities and the acquisition of small regional chains.
Both discounters have denied it represents a move into convenience, but Him's Discounting in 2019 report said: 'It is hard to see how the introduction of smaller-format Aldi and Lidl stores will not impact convenience retailers.' The report highlights steps to improve convenience, including the introduction of Aldi's first self-checkouts, also revealed by The Grocer, in April.
German discounters Aldi and Lidl saw sales jump 15.1% and 10.1% respectively in the period, taking combined market share above 9%.
The Big Four supermarkets - Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Asda, Sainsbury's and - Morrsions - have been hit by the discounters' booming success.
The two largest domestic discounter chains in France, Casino's Leader Price and Carrefour's Ed, underperformed in 2009 and embarked on store revamp programmes in 2010 in a bid to improve their performance, with the introduction of a new logo and more branded products at Leader Price, while the Ed chain is being gradually rebranded to Dia.
It found shopping at a discounter could be up to 61% more expensive than sticking to a budget range at a standard supermarket.
NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-4 February 2005-Kesko Food Ltd expands its discounter chain(C)1994-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD http://www.m2.com
"For those trades, I'll use a discounter." Other financial decisions, Lewis says, have a longer-term impact.
They're often willing to make a separate trip to a mass discounter because they're a dollar cheaper on something."
Most Remarkable Transformation: Barney's goes from Downtown discounter to uptown purveyor of chic.
"We are now seeing the emergence of second-generation discounter stores," says Steve Gotham, the report's author.