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Definition of dime-store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inexpensive dime-store perfume
2 : tawdry, second-rate dime-store philosophy

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Definition of dime store (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dime-store

Synonyms: Adjective

affordable, bargain-basement, budget, cheap, cheapie, cheapo, chintzy, cut-price [chiefly British], cut-rate, 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 dime-store in a Sentence

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So, there’s no need for a trip to the quaint dime store. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Paste-eaters, pukers and bullies, why I hate those back-to-school stories," 15 Aug. 2019 Though very rich, Kresge, who developed one of the first five and dime stores, eventually Kmart, was known to be personally cheap. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Kresge mansion, one of Detroit's largest, is about to hit the market," 8 June 2019 The Grant building was built around 1946 and had its own dime store for years. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "City weighs $2.8 million in incentives for developer to rehab three downtown San Antonio buildings," 7 June 2019 Stephen Holben, Lakewood Reality taking hold TheTrumpster is playing Democrats like a dime store fiddle. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: DIA debacle; Misuse of office; Reality taking hold; Don’t drink, don’t smoke … (6/3/19)," 3 June 2019 To many Arlington residents, this five-and-dime store has felt like home for 64 years, a shop filled with nostalgia in the form of licorice pipes, candy cigarettes, rubber chickens, washboards, velcro, and more. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Arlington’s five-and-dime shop to close after 64 years; patrons bid bittersweet goodbye," 22 June 2018 Kmart has its roots in a five-and-dime store S.S. Kresge founded in 1897 in Memphis, Tennessee. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Shoppers lament loss of Kmart as its last Treasure Valley store prepares to close," 1 June 2018 His mother, the former Ida Cohen, worked in a dime store. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Lieberson, Harvard sociologist who studied language, race, and first names, dies at 84," 31 May 2018 The 1907 Italianate building that once housed the five-and-dime store is now Object Limited, a shoppable boutique lodging. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Best hotels in Bisbee, AZ: From plush to retro-kitsch to maybe haunted," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dime-store


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dime-store was circa 1928

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English Language Learners Definition of dime-store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : poor or inferior in quality

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English Language Learners Definition of dime store (Entry 2 of 2)

US, old-fashioned : a store that sells inexpensive goods

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