on the cheap


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on the cheap

For a low price or at very little cost; inexpensively. You want new carpets? My brother-in-law can get them on the cheap from a friend of his. The store is selling all of its merchandise on the cheap as part of its liquidation sale. If you're savvy, you can travel just about anywhere in the world on the cheap.
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on the cheap

Economically, at very little cost, as in We're traveling around Europe on the cheap. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

on the ˈcheap

(informal) for less than the normal cost (and therefore of poor quality): He got it on the cheap so I wasn’t surprised when it broke after a couple of months.
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on the cheap

By inexpensive means; cheaply: traveled to Europe on the cheap.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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