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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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There was no accession to wealth when Westpac received the money, just an increase in cash assets offset by an equal liability for the advance trade discounts.
The discount rate is normally determined using benchmarks derived from public market data.
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Tax Court ruled that because a parent retained too much control over the property in an FLP the valuation discount did not apply, a finding that subjected 100 percent of the assets to estate tax.
AICPA members get discounts of up to 15% off the direct sale price on a wide variety of IBM products and services and are eligible for ongoing product and financing promotions.
Discounts through the Medicare cards are likely to be better for generics than for patent-monopoly drugs.
I think government should always be efficient, but now more than ever, we need to be looking hard at discounts to make sure we're saving everywhere we can,'' Cardenas said.
An additional 5% discount is added when a three or four year warranty is selected--for a total of 10%
For those schools that had the deepest discounts, the net [tuition] revenue did not go up--in fact it went down--and the SATs only improved marginally.
While a few insurers cover alternative therapies, others are turning to discount networks to provide a wide range of services, such as vitamin discounts, acupuncture and massage therapy.
Such a clause should also contain a provision that allows any problematic rates or discounts to be adjusted.
Diagram C illustrates how the mechanism has been applied to create an imputation model that estimates the discount rate the market appears to be using to produce the observed value.
Enacted in 1932, section 13(3) was intended to enable the Federal Reserve to provide credit in the form of discounts for borrowers unable to obtain adequate credit accommodations from other banking institutions; its use was limited to periods of unusual and exigent circumstances, as determined by the affirmative vote of at least five members of the Board of Governors.
Not to be combined with any other offers or discounts.
75% valuation discounts for each of several very large gifts of interests in passthrough entities he gave to family members.