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five–and–ten

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noun \ˌfīv-ən-ˈten\

Definition of five–and–ten

  1. :  a retail store that carries chiefly inexpensive merchandise (as notions and household goods) —called also five-and-dime



Origin of five–and–ten

from the fact that all articles in such stores were formerly priced at either 5 or 10 cents


First Known Use: 1880


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