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Examples of greasy spoon in a Sentence
We ate at some greasy spoon near the bus station.
Recent Examples of greasy spoon from the Web
Of course, Little Pete’s was just one of the latest old-school greasy spoons to bite the dust of gentrification, succumb to changing tastes (or cheaper chain options nearby), or simply slide into the mediocrity of an indifferent new owner.
For the last eleven years, everyone’s favorite purveyor of scattered, smothered, covered, and chunked hash browns transforms from a beloved greasy spoon to a fine dining establishment brimming with romance.
Her life is built on routines (the same omelet at the same greasy spoon, exactly two brandies per night), and her past is full of heartache.
But the Betsy Ross isn’t all greasy spoon and transients.
Like its greasy spoon inspiration, though, Shake Shack anoints its burgers with a piquant secret sauce.
Pop over to the itty-bitty, upscale greasy spoon next door, Box Kitchen, to grab some unique bar snacks.
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Did You Know?
In the decades following its first use in 1902, the surrounding context of greasy spoon usually included words along the lines of lousy, wind up eating in, slinging hash, the underside of society, settle for, or rather starve. And while things haven't changed entirely, a recent wave of nostalgia has elevated the status of greasy spoons. Since the 1970s, the descriptions might contain words like fabled, distinction, beloved, classic, an institution, fondness for, and comfort food. Now you can consult a Greasy Spoon Guide and read up on Best Greasy Spoons, or lunch at a diner restored to look like a greasy spoon. Some of these eateries are now even named "The Greasy Spoon."
GREASY SPOON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of greasy spoon for English Language Learners
: a small and cheap restaurant
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