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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The man with the microphone even risked spoiling the good vibes by tackily telling Friday's crowds your new CD would be in the shops on Monday.
What a load of men emasculated by their feminine side we are throwing up, all of them anxious to hold their wives' hands during child birth, be so tackily involved they practically breast-feed.
It may be tackily called Me-Licious and sell such sought-after toys as "I Rub My Duckie", but you have to congratulate her for getting off her backside and doing something she fancies.
In Love Actually, Bill plays washed-up rock star Billy Mack, who pulls off the Christmas No 1 with his tuneless re-hash, tackily titled Christmas is All Around.
As the tackily outrageous drama gets ever more tacky and outrageous, Jason (Cristian Solimeno) can't believe that a child of his could be anything less than perfect.
Love can now be proclaimed, just as tackily, on a mobile phone screen, and, should the passion die, logos are very easy to change.
BOSS Swap (Channel4, Tuesday ) doesn't look like it's going to be as tackily enjoyable as Wife Swap,but the first episode had its moments -as did the new candid camera show The Sack Race (BBC2,Monday), in which individuals try to get dismissed as close to 3pm as possible on their first day at work.
It's a blend that rarely works and reaches its ugliest on Picture, a tackily traditional country duet with Sheryl (remember me?) Crow.
His tour manager Tom Golseth tackily recalled one night of passion involving Williams and a blonde in a Paris hotel, adding lecherously: "She had long, luscious legs and was wearing a short black skirt with thigh high boots.
Others unlikely to be familiar are Hans Thoma, who painted arcadian scenes in the 1880s, and von Hoffman, whose sometimes rather tackily painted images of naked, fit young people frolicking in spring landscapes perhaps embody the soon-to-be-dashed optimism of an emerging nation in an emerging century.
It seems that this is also the spectatorial movement solicited by "abstraction": move up close and take in the clotted, cracked, frayed, buckled, tackily material surfaces of painting and collage, back away and take in a sublimated illusion, now not of objects figured in pictorial space, but of some ideality - of purity and autonomy, universality and originality, transcendental unity and logical inevitability, an optical or spiritual absolute untainted by the tactile and undisturbed by the blind impingement of the body or the psychic splittings engendered by it.
Tackily painted on the four walls is the kitsch illusion of a forest, all the more sinister for its bland, popular, utopian look.