greasy spoon


noun Slang.

a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.

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Origin of greasy spoon

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for greasy spoon

greasy spoon

noun

slang a small, cheap, and often unsanitary restaurant, usually specializing in fried foods
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Idioms and Phrases with greasy spoon

greasy spoon

A cheap restaurant, especially one serving short-order fried foods. For example, College students short of cash tend to eat a lot in that greasy spoon. This expression also implies that the restaurant is not very clean. [c. 1900]

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