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tacky

Cheap, crude, and unrefined; indicating or characteristic of a lack of class, elegance, or sophistication. He showed up in a really tacky suit. Their food is actually really good, I just think their decorations are a bit tacky.

ticky-tacky

1. noun Any cheap, shoddy material, especially used in construction. Judging from how little soundproofing there is in this building, I'd say they made the walls out of ticky-tacky.
2. adjective Consisting of or constructed from such cheap or shoddy materials. The company threw up a couple ticky-tacky bungalows so the crew could live on-site until the work was finished.
3. adjective Mediocre or unimaginative in design, appearance, or style. They've been building row after row of ticky-tacky houses about 20 minutes from the city off the interstate. They're so cookie-cutter in design that they're actually a little depressing to look at.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tacky

1. mod. cheap; crude. That was a tacky thing to do to her.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Tom was a little tacky, so he gave me his car keys.

ticky-tacky

(ˈtɪkitæki)
n. cheap and shabby material. Those houses are just made of ticky-tacky, and they won’t even be here in twenty years.
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THE race to create our neighbourhood's tackiest Christmas house has kicked in.
In my saunters between Harvey Nicholls and Selfridges, (well it does take me past that hell-on-this-earth-venue, Game, where my son tells me I can pre-order this year's junk) I did come upon a possible pet alternative and it is in the running for Tackiest Christmas Present of the Year.
The first sight that greets shoppers at my local supermarket at the moment is not a ``buy one, get one free'' offer, it's a range of some of the tackiest underwear I've ever seen in black and bright pink crispy nylon.
I looked like a twisted milkman when I wore it, which was to be expected; it was undoubtedly the tackiest suit in the world.
Competition is fierce, but Phil's widely held to own the tackiest Man U property, with everything from the gates to the tea towels embossed with the initials P and J.
It turned out they had a competition in their family to take back the tackiest gift.
Italian TV is notorious for its ability to turn even the tackiest gameshow into an erotic experience.
Yes, it's that time of year again when the loft is opened, old battered boxes are brought down and as a family we are reunited with some of our tackiest, shiniest, most tinselly friends.
Over 39 per cent of those who took part in the survey think the former page three model has the tackiest appearance, dress and lifestyle of all celebrities, according a study by Total Greek Yoghurt.
But appearing on the tackiest show on TV against her husband's wishes has polarised even those who broadly wish her well.
But without a doubt, the tackiest thing about the tackiest event seen this side of Posh and Beck's wedding, was probably the appearance of Britain's 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi.
The tackiest people always treat other people badly"
We shot the video in Blackpool and the director picked a hotel with the cheapest, tackiest and the most amazingly disgusting decor.
The tackiest is probably called something like The Very Best of Brass Bands.
He once even suffered the indignity of having his Blackheath bungalow, decorated in his favourite lilac, voted Britain's tackiest celebrity home by a magazine.