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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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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Kresge's The dime store opened in 1899 by owners Sebastian Spering Kresge, business associate J.G. McCrory and Kresge's brother-in-law Charles J. Wilson. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hudson's, Crowley's and other Detroit stores that turned city into shopping destination," 7 Nov. 2019 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

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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 30 May. 2020.

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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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