Definition of bargain basement in English:

bargain basement


  • A store or part of a store where goods are sold cheaply.

    [as modifier] before noun ‘bargain-basement prices’
    • ‘Nestled between a chip shop and a bargain basement store on North Street are Magic Mon.’
    • ‘We crossed over to Zhuhai in Mainland China and walked into a vast bargain basement mall.’
    • ‘It's tedious and predictable - a bargain-basement version of Bladerunner whose only original idea comes from Dick's wafer-thin storyline.’
    • ‘Rumours abound that, in spite of Aer Lingus's difficulties, a number of European airlines are sniffing round the shop in search of the great bargain basement sale.’
    • ‘In reality, the speakers are of a bargain-basement variety, all done up in their Sunday best.’
    • ‘So, without further ado let's take a wander through the bargain basement of my shopping patterns.’
    • ‘A former park ranger could make almost £300,000 profit on a house he bought from the council at a bargain-basement price.’
    • ‘However, this has made the country a bargain basement for exports and has given it a massive opportunity to earn foreign exchange, which it has seized with both hands.’
    • ‘The last thing Bradford needs is a bargain-basement store in such prestigious premises.’
    • ‘Lasser's Wall Street capitalism is at once the upper gallery of material prosperity and also the bargain basement for selling one's soul.’
    • ‘The property was seized, sold at a bargain-basement price to a government minister, and then quickly resold for a substantial profit.’
    • ‘But we are shopping in the bargain basement here, and there is no time to get sniffy.’
    • ‘In my hunting and searching around Boston I found a bargain basement type of store called Wilkinson's.’
    • ‘The dissident shareholders say that Corel's board is selling at bargain basement prices at the bottom of the market.’
    • ‘Others cite me as the original bargain basement shopper.’
    • ‘The old Swift was sold on a straightforward bargain basement basis - yes, it was crude, but it was cheap.’
    • ‘This is a bargain basement price, but it gives the company plenty of opportunity for upselling - new kit, new cards, new software all in the name of better network security.’
    • ‘America has become a bargain basement destination for Irish shoppers.’
    • ‘The difficulty is that such a gallery would buy for top prices and sell at bargain-basement ones, for in the end quality wins out and the market inevitably follows.’
    • ‘The Celtic manager should know within the next four weeks whether he will be purchasing from Europe's most exclusive boutiques or its bargain basement outlets come the summertime.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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