- a peddler, especially of inferior articles.
- of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
- without scruples or principles; underhanded: using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.
Also cheap·jack, cheap-john [cheep-jon] /ˈtʃipˌdʒɒn/.
Origin of cheap-jack
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for cheap-jack
Next to the Magna Charta brethren a cheap-jack had placed his cart.All Sorts and Conditions of Men
Or carrying a cheap-jack Bradford agent to make a dicker in wool?A Case in Camera
Soon the voice of the cheap-Jack was heard mingling with the others on shore.
As for the cheap-Jack fellows, let our master make 'em pay toll.
It was the usual thing, mocking blasphemy delivered in the voice of a cheap-jack, with a flavour of the clown.A Lost Cause
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
- a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
- shoddy or inferior
C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)
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