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greasy spoon

noun, Slang.
a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.
Origin of greasy spoon
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then we go to a dinner club that makes the Buster look like a greasy spoon.

    Probability Louis Trimble
  • Muckraking was just beginning in those days, and a prying reformer came to live for a while at the greasy spoon.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • The greasy spoon isn't an appetizing name; not appetizing to men who live a sedentary life.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Fat came back to the table, and the greasy spoon again rang with laughter.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for greasy spoon

greasy spoon

(slang) a small, cheap, and often unsanitary restaurant, usually specializing in fried foods
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for greasy spoon

greasy spoon

noun phrase

A small, cheap restaurant, lunchroom, or diner: The Marx brothers ate in coffee pots and greasy spoons/ your above-average greasy spoon in Boston's Back Bay (1925+)

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 greasy spoon

greasy spoon

A cheap restaurant, especially one serving short-order fried foods. For example, College students short of cash tend to eat a lot in that greasy spoon. This expression also implies that the restaurant is not very clean. [ c. 1900 ]
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