: marked by, offering, or making use of a reduced rate or price
cut-rate stores

Examples of cut-rate in a Sentence

opted for a cut-rate insurance policy because we didn't need anything more a cut-rate motel that looked like the kind at which people in horror movies always end up
Recent Examples on the Web There still are plenty of cut-rate, ski-bum haunts – lodging encircling the elegant 968 Park include the Paradice Motel, the Black Jack Inn and the Mark Twain Lodge – and a Burger King remains cleverly disguised in Heavenly Village near a fancy new Latin restaurant, Azul. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 The judge made the whimsical claim that JetBlue might abuse its new size to stop offering cut-rate fares. Stephen Moore, National Review, 23 Jan. 2024 On the surface, the dispute that led to the blockade is simple: Polish truckers are upset about cut-rate competition from Ukrainian drivers who are not subject to the same rules on working hours and wages as drivers from the European Union. Marc Santora, New York Times, 7 Dec. 2023 The i3 may have wheels that look like pizza cutters, but there's nothing cut-rate about it. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 16 July 2023 Multibillion-dollar incumbents like Toto, as well as newcomers such as Tushy and Luxe, have stormed the U.S. market, along with a flood of cut-rate manufacturers on Amazon. Michael J. Coren, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cut-rate was in 1904

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“Cut-rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut-rate. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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: marked by, offering, or making use of reduced prices
a cut-rate store
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