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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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Determination of the tackiness of the coatings on KC1 particle surfaces is important to predict possible particle agglomeration.
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A new, hot-melt adhesive for affixing wrap-around labels to food and beverage bottles provides long open time and tackiness. This specialty adhesive from National Adhesives, a unit of National Starch and Chemical Company, dries clear so that consumers can see through the label.
and lengths from 1 to 10 in., they allow the degree of tackiness to be modified to meet the needs of specific applications.
"It provides increased throughput during the converting operation for two reasons: its reduced tackiness inhibits the board from sticking to the printing and converting equipment, and it requires a shorter dwell time with lower heat than competitive fold-over heat-seal boards.
This issue is deeper than tackiness, bigger than the traffic that'll be added to the already congested street, more insidious than the smell of french fry grease.
Test your knowledge of their on-screen and off-screen triumphs, tragedies, and occasional tackiness by matching a dozen fun factoids with the correct diva.
In the 1970s, despite its tackiness and its cliches, its crassness and its silliness, it reached for something that rock had almost abandoned--dance-floor boogeying and bootyshaking.
Baker tolerates the members of its lowest social stratum as long as their poverty and tackiness are invisible, and it's there that chicken farmer John Kaltenbrunner comes of age as many mythic heroes do, with the promise of high birth giving way to early orphaning and banishment.
Conventional adhesives, by contrast, lose their tackiness only if they are cooled to about -40 [degrees]C.
You'll see the runs in the stockings, the broken lightbulbs, the tackiness under the thin veneer of glitz.
An opening note claims the movie is presenting real events, but that's a joke, too, because, though there may have been a recent crime in Minnesota with many similar elements, everything in a Coen movie is slanted to highlight the macabre tackiness of what we are asked to believe is ordinary life.