bar·​gain-base·​ment | \ ˈbär-gən-ˈbās-mənt How to pronounce bargain-basement (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bargain-basement

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bargain-basement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The City of Albuquerque’s entire operating budget for 2021 is $711,000,000, less than half of the amount needed to build bargain basement units years in the future. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The 4-4 Chiefs could also use some help, and Beckham can now be rented for the rest of the season for a bargain basement price. cleveland, 6 Nov. 2021 In a regulatory filing to the Indian stock exchange on Thursday, the value of the sale was put at a bargain basement 28.5 million Indian rupees, or about $386,110. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Previously unwanted players such as Davis, McDowell, McKinley and LeCounte also come at bargain basement prices that enable a team to extend big-money players such as Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Denzel Ward. cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 Are those shares now selling at a bargain basement price? Peter Cohan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The Lions, who lost their their top five receivers from last season in Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Jamal Agnew and Mohamed Sanu, have rebuilt their receiving corps with bargain basement signings and by adding players on one-year deals. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 29 Mar. 2021 Depending on where the 2021 salary cap falls — the floor is $175 million amid the COVID-19 pandemic — that could be in the neighborhood of about $20 million for 2020, a bargain basement price for a top-tier quarterback. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2021 Game 2 gave us a $27.50 hot dog that could feed the family, and a reminder that the Tampa Bay Rays may be even better than the sum of their bargain basement parts. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020

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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)

: 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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