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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: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dime-store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leon Broad opened a dime store there, and his wife kept the books. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Eli Broad, Homebuilder Who Transformed Los Angeles Cultural Institutions, Dies at 87," 1 May 2021 The space has once been a G.C. Murphy five-and-dime store. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore’s Five & Dime and Pratt Street Ale House to reopen after yearlong COVID shutdown," 15 Mar. 2021 There’s also the five-and-dime store S.H. Kress, which opened in 1913 next to Maison Blanche and Dailey’s, formerly located at 1010 Canal. Blake Pontchartrain, NOLA.com, "Blakeview: A reminder of what 'Ain't Dere No More'," 23 Nov. 2020 Police also received a panicked report from five-and-dime store J.J. Newberry: a caller had told an employee that a bomb was hidden under a counter. oregonlive, "‘Sex slave’ murder case rocked Portland 65 years ago: Car bombing led to ‘8 months of hell’ for suspect Marjorie Smith," 1 Oct. 2020 Caitlin Nielson Two years ago, at the checkout counter of a five-and-dime store in Guerneville, Calif., Ted Boerner and Rabbi Oren Postrel looked down into the display case and saw rings in black velvet boxes for sale, at $7.99, $8.99 and $9.99. Nina Reyes, New York Times, "Finally an Upgrade From the ‘Training Rings’," 7 Aug. 2020 He and his youth baseball teammates solicited donations in front of the local pool hall and dime store. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Garoppolo has a fan in Joe Namath, who is thinking clearly these days," 10 May 2020 In Manhattan, Frederick owns a roughly 13,000-square-foot townhouse on East 80th Street, a French Regency-style mansion that was one of several commissioned by dime store mogul Frank Woolworth for his daughters as wedding gifts. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Koch Brothers Are Sitting on a Real Estate Empire Worth Hundreds of Millions," 23 Jan. 2020 His father, Chester, managed a dime store, and his mother, Isabelle (Olenick) Goldstone, was a homemaker who as a teenager had danced in vaudeville. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Al Burton, 91, Dies; Sitcom Producer With an Eye for Youth Culture," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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“Dime-store.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime-store. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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