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