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cheap-jack

[ cheep-jak ]
/ ˈtʃipˌdʒæk /
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noun
a peddler, especially of inferior articles.
adjective
of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
without scruples or principles; underhanded: using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.
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Also cheapjack, cheap-john [cheep-jon]. /ˈtʃipˌdʒɒn/.

Origin of cheap-jack

First recorded in 1850–55
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How to use cheap-jack in a sentence

  • The rewards of the literary world—that is, the tangible, potable, spendable rewards—go mostly to the cheapjack and the mountebank.

    Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
  • If Llanyglo's cheapjack in one way, perhaps it isn't in another.

    Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
  • Yet honestly, half my fellows might easily serve as models to any literary cheapjack of the moment.

    The Altar Steps|Compton MacKenzie

British Dictionary definitions for cheap-jack

cheap-jack
/ informal /

noun
a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
adjective
shoddy or inferior

Word Origin for cheap-jack

C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)
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