a popular article that is sold at a very low price or at a loss for the purpose of attracting customers to a retail store.Compare leader(def 4).
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Origin of loss leader
First recorded in 1920–25
Related formsloss-lead·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for loss leader
an article offered below cost in the hope that customers attracted by it will buy other goods
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