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a good five-cent cigar

Something that is well or reasonably priced. We need a good five-cent cigar, not more of these ridiculously overpriced items. Sheesh, food is so expensive these days! I miss the days when you could still get a good five-cent cigar. Grandpa would always complain about not being able to find a good five-cent cigar in the 21st century.
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a good five-cent cigar

A sensibly affordable item. The remark “What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar” was popularized by Thomas Riley Marshall, vice president of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. In one account, he made the remark while presiding in the Senate after he heard a succession of senators enumerate what was lacking in the United States. The remark, which most likely originated with a 19th-century humorist named Kin Hubbard, was appropriated by several generations of Americans to complain obliquely about overpriced items of any sort.
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