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Definition of bargain-basement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of inferior quality or worth
2 : markedly inexpensive bargain-basement rates

bargain basement


Definition of bargain basement (Entry 2 of 2)

: a section of a store (such as the basement) where merchandise is sold at reduced prices

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bargain-basement

Synonyms: Adjective

affordable, budget, cheap, cheapie, cheapo, chintzy, cut-price [chiefly British], cut-rate, dime-store, dirt cheap, el cheapo, inexpensive, low, low-end, popular, reasonable

Antonyms: Adjective

costly, dear, deluxe, expensive, high, high-ticket, precious, premium, pricey (also pricy), spendy [chiefly Northwest], valuable

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Examples of bargain-basement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Transfer deals which aren't widely spoken of, but turn out to be great value for money - not necessarily bargain basement prices, but in hindsight can be regarded as smart purchases., "Transfer Window: 10 Best Under the Radar Deals of the 2019 Summer So Far," 16 July 2019 The fantasy of the day after Christmas takes place in the bargain basement, an imaginary space beyond the fourth wall where objects must be sold, posthaste. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "The bleak hope of the day-after-Christmas sale," 27 Dec. 2018 At $203, its stock isn't exactly bargain basement, but would fit within the Dow's existing range., "Walgreens is what you get when you can't put Amazon in the Dow," 21 June 2018 While everyone is going crazy over the deals at Amazon for Prime Day right now, Newegg is sneaking through the back door of the bargain basement with its FantasTech sale. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Forget Amazon Prime Day, Newegg's got two great deals on FreeSync displays right now," 17 July 2018 Unlike the other cards in this round-up, this RX 560 deal just drops a bargain basement card back to its MSRP, but that’s still notable in the current inflated GPU market. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 But, comparatively speaking, the local prices remain bargain basement compared to San Francisco, where the median price for a house topped $1.3 million in April. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Sacramento homes prices jump to highest level since big bubble years | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 Retailers, loath to waste their stashes, are unloading stock for bargain basement prices. Peter Fimrite,, "Cheap cannabis products available before new California rules kick in," 27 June 2018 Down sold two rare World War II fighters -- a Corsair and a P-51 Mustang -- at a bargain basement price. Jeff Manning,, "Uncertainty roils famed Evergreen air museum as landlord accused of securities fraud," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of bargain-basement


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bargain-basement was in 1899

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English Language Learners Definition of bargain-basement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a price : very low
: having a low price or cost and often having poor quality

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English Language Learners Definition of bargain basement (Entry 2 of 2)

: a section of a large store where products are sold at lower prices

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