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dirt-cheap

[durt-cheep] /ˈdɜrtˈtʃip/
adjective
1.
very inexpensive:
The house may need a lot of work, but it was dirt-cheap.
adverb
2.
cheaply:
They got it dirt-cheap.
Origin of dirt-cheap
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25
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  • I've persuaded the Major to let you have that filly cheap, dirt cheap.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • Could do you a very nice suit of the same now, sir, dirt cheap.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • Honesty, as I have often thought since, is dirt cheap if only one can afford it.

  • And he got it dirt cheap, of course, seeing it was a kind of contraband.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • They all swear by Europe, and hold the soil of America dirt cheap.

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • Go to thunder with your Ruby Ann and Mrs. Biggs and dirt cheap!

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • Thoreaus America seemed so illimitable that he apparently supposed land would always be dirt cheap.

  • A hundred dollars an acre was dirt cheap; a man thought nothing of paying for a small ranch five hundred dollars an acre!

    The Short Cut

    Jackson Gregory
  • Besides, I was able to get it dirt cheap, sir—in fact, the Squire's steward was glad to have it tenanted at any price.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for dirt cheap

dirt-cheap

adjective, adverb
1.
(informal) at an extremely low price
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Slang definitions & phrases for dirt cheap

dirt cheap

adjective phrase

Very cheap: dirt-cheap prices

adverb phrase

: buy it dirt cheap (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dirt cheap

dirt cheap

Very inexpensive, as in Their house was a real bargain, dirt cheap. Although the idea dates back to ancient times, the precise expression, literally meaning “as cheap as dirt,” replaced the now obsolete dog cheap. [ Early 1800s ]
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