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

dime store

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Examples of dime-store in a Sentence

Adjective a dime-store tablecloth that is certainly good enough for a picnic
Recent Examples on the Web
Ask how many grocery bags, empty jars or dime-store flower vases one household needs. Marni Jameson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 What leads one to turn over their life to charismatic dime-store shamans? Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2023 Then there was the gay disco troupe the Village People’s dime-store cowboy, Randy Jones, who was meant to be read as a tongue-in-cheek archetype (one since referenced by musicians like Lil Nas X and Orville Peck). Evan Moffitt, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2023
Yes, the saga of Isa Bahu and his family’s gas station reads like a bad dime store novel. Teri Sforza, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024 Unlike almost all the other dime stores in the country, which obsolesced their way out of business, Springrove is still thriving. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2024 Then Bur-lers Variety, another local dime store chain that’s now down to a lone store in Warren. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2024 One with a dime store, perhaps? Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 And stop subjecting the readers of this fine newspaper to his bitterness and dime store psychiatry. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2023 Goodluck will play Billy Crow, a young Cherokee man with an affinity for dime store books and gaudy style. Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2023 Our stories have been shaped by someone else, from the dime store novels, to comic books, to TV and film, to cartoons; it’s always been through someone else’s lens. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2022 Wheel about a half hour north to adorable, 160-year old Bridgeport, with its colorful, wooden facades and dime store-style candy shops. Emily Pennington, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dime store

: a store that sells mainly inexpensive goods
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