cheap

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adjective, cheap·er, cheap·est.

adverb

at a low price; at small cost: He is willing to sell cheap.

Idioms

    cheap at twice the price, exceedingly inexpensive: I found this old chair for eight dollars—it would be cheap at twice the price.
    on the cheap, Informal. inexpensively; economically: She enjoys traveling on the cheap.

Origin of cheap

before 900; Middle English cheep (short for phrases, as good cheep cheap, literally, good bargain), Old English cēap bargain, market, trade; cognate with German Kauf, Old Norse kaup; all < Latin caupō innkeeper, tradesman; see chapman
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Synonym study

1, 4. Cheap, inexpensive agree in their suggestion of low cost. Cheap now usually suggests shoddiness, inferiority, showy imitation, complete unworthiness, and the like: a cheap kind of fur. Inexpensive emphasizes lowness of price (although more expensive than cheap ) and suggests that the value is fully equal to the cost: an inexpensive dress. It is often used as an evasion for the more specific cheap.
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British Dictionary definitions for cheap at twice the price

cheap

/ (tʃiːp) /

adjective

noun

on the cheap British informal at a low cost

adverb

at very little cost
Derived Formscheapish, adjectivecheaply, adverbcheapness, noun

Word Origin for cheap

Old English ceap barter, bargain, price, property; related to Old Norse kaup bargain, Old High German kouf trade, Latin caupō innkeeper
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Word Origin and History for cheap at twice the price

cheap


adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cheap at twice the price (1 of 2)

cheap at twice the price


Very inexpensive, a good value for the money. For example, Pete got a $3,000 rebate on his new car—it was cheap at twice the price. For a synonym see dirt cheap.

Idioms and Phrases with cheap at twice the price (2 of 2)

cheap


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheap

  • cheap at twice the price
  • cheap shot
  • cheap skate

also see:

  • dirt cheap
  • on the cheap
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