Definition of bargain basement in English:

bargain basement


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

    as modifier ‘bargain-basement prices’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We crossed over to Zhuhai in Mainland China and walked into a vast bargain basement mall.’
    • ‘The old Swift was sold on a straightforward bargain basement basis - yes, it was crude, but it was cheap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nestled between a chip shop and a bargain basement store on North Street are Magic Mon.’
    • ‘Others cite me as the original bargain basement shopper.’
    • ‘The last thing Bradford needs is a bargain-basement store in such prestigious premises.’
    • ‘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 dissident shareholders say that Corel's board is selling at bargain basement prices at the bottom of the market.’
    • ‘The property was seized, sold at a bargain-basement price to a government minister, and then quickly resold for a substantial profit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my hunting and searching around Boston I found a bargain basement type of store called Wilkinson's.’
    • ‘So, without further ado let's take a wander through the bargain basement of my shopping patterns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A former park ranger could make almost £300,000 profit on a house he bought from the council at a bargain-basement price.’
    • ‘America has become a bargain basement destination for Irish shoppers.’
    • ‘But we are shopping in the bargain basement here, and there is no time to get sniffy.’
    • ‘In reality, the speakers are of a bargain-basement variety, all done up in their Sunday best.’
    • ‘It's tedious and predictable - a bargain-basement version of Bladerunner whose only original idea comes from Dick's wafer-thin storyline.’
    • ‘Lasser's Wall Street capitalism is at once the upper gallery of material prosperity and also the bargain basement for selling one's soul.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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