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ten-cent store

[ten-sent, -sent] /ˈtɛnˌsɛnt, -ˈsɛnt/
five-and-ten (def 1).
Origin of ten-cent store
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There wasn't one like it even in the five and ten-cent store.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods Howard R. Garis
  • The "ten-cent store," the shoppers' delight, was packed with late shoppers like themselves.

    Briarwood Girls Julia Lestarjette Glover
  • We can buy long earrings at the ten-cent store on our way up, said Louise.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • If there is no old drawing board around the house, a new bread board from the ten-cent store will serve.

  • "So you will be in charge of the house while I am away," said his mamma, as she started for the five and ten-cent store.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • Buy your mate little presents—from the ten-cent store and occasionally from more expensive places.

  • Lizzie brought a dozen bread-and-butter-plates from the ten-cent store.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
  • Her curls were bound with a wreath of artificial roses from the ten-cent store, slightly over one ear.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • So I got a yard at the ten-cent store—but it isn't hemmed, of course.

    The Box-Car Children Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Round the windows of a ten-cent store, most fascinating of all human spectacles, they congregate and compare notes.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley

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