bar·​gain-base·​ment | \ˈbär-gən-ˈbās-mənt \

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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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 My Boy Jack, a 3-year-old dark bay colt that Desormeaux bought at the Keeneland yearling sales for the bargain basement price of $20,000, will run from the 10th post position in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Lori Riley,, "He Tried Hiding A Horse From His Wife, Now This West Hartford Business Owner Is Headed To The Kentucky Derby," 2 May 2018 Refurbished items are a great way of picking up great items for bargain basement prices. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Save on the Echo Spot and Other Handpicked Tech Deals," 24 Apr. 2018 Pushing further into the bargain basement won’t do the company any favors Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "More Rehab Than Recovery: Mitsubishi Has a Plan to Reverse Its Long Decline," 19 Oct. 2017 Wright can be slotted into Week 1 DFS lineups for a bargain basement salary $5,200 on FanDuel and $3,200 on DraftKings. Chris Raybon,, "Five Facts to Know for Week 1 DFS," 8 Sep. 2017

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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

bargain basement


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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