- very inexpensive: The house may need a lot of work, but it was dirt-cheap.
- cheaply: They got it dirt-cheap.
Origin of dirt-cheap
First recorded in 1815–25
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Related Words for dirt cheapreasonable, low-cost, cheap, low-priced, modest, economical, popular, reasonably, poorly, bargain, budget, buy, low, nominal, reduced, steal, thrifty, dirt-cheap, half-price, fair
- informal at an extremely low price
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Very inexpensive, as in Their house was a real bargain, dirt cheap. Although the idea dates back to ancient times, the precise expression, literally meaning “as cheap as dirt,” replaced the now obsolete dog cheap. [Early 1800s]
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