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Definition of bargain-basement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of bargain-basement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Column: Rays hungry for more after evening up World Series," 22 Oct. 2020 Over the past 13 years, the glamor category has been handily beating unlovely value, the longest period in history for which what's supposed to be the market's bargain basement has lagged. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The champ’s big comeback: Why beaten-down value stocks are poised to thrive," 18 Aug. 2020 Unnoticed by me was the fact that Tim was a countertenor, and I a bargain basement bass. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: As chapters of life begin and others end, it’s good to know your limitations," 16 June 2020 The reports came just a few days after Disney+ launched: Thousands of the streaming service accounts were already up for sale on various hacking forums, at bargain basement prices. Wired, "The Likely Reason Disney+ Accounts Are Getting 'Hacked'," 20 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Bargain-basement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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