Definition of dime store in English:

dime store

noun

North American
  • 1A shop selling cheap merchandise (originally one where the maximum price was a dime).

    • ‘It consists of 144 carefully documented photographs of tenements and dime stores in the Harlem slums - all owned by one man and all similarly neglected and exploited.’
    • ‘Speaking of the good old days, what ever happened to those old radio shows you used to find on tape at every dime store?’
    • ‘With items found in local junk shops and dime stores - cheap reproductions, maps, toys, marbles, springs, feathers, sequins - he created boxes filled with fantasy and longing.’
    • ‘He took over a dime store in Woolaston, MA in 1925, and started selling his own brand of ice cream.’
    • ‘The American merchant and founder of the first dime-store (in Pennsylvania), died.’
    • ‘The charm of Utah lies in its vast wilderness, the friendliness of its people (you could easily find yourself falling for a Utahan), and the quirkiness of its small-town diners and dime stores.’
    • ‘But instead of concentrating on one of those cosmopolitan cavalcades of carnality, this is really a supernatural voodoo knockoff, with a perverted stalker using a magic ring and a dime store doll as his implements of evil.’
    • ‘I've surreptitiously yanked my dime store reading glasses out of my purse for the last time and decided to buy a ‘real’ pair of glasses.’
    • ‘Inside, there are trinkets done up to look ancient, but were most likely purchased on a moment's notice at a nearby dime store.’
    • ‘It is an American success story and it has grown from a humble dime store into the world's biggest retail chain, leaving other shopping icons far behind and that success has sparked controversy.’
    • ‘All I took were three yellow pads and some pens I could have bought for $2 at any dime store.’
    • ‘In the competition for excess, it is also necessary for a candidate's handlers to denude every dime store within a hundred miles of its stock of red, white and blue balloons.’
    • ‘He began with a single dime store in 1945 and did not open his second store for seven years.’
    • ‘In 1950, he and a third-year medical student fashioned a crude heart pump out of such materials as glass tubing, valves bought at a dime store, and a motor from a child's Erector set.’
    • ‘As he watched her at the wheel, he ‘saw that there was more to pottery making than just making pots and selling 'em in some kind of dime store.’’
    • ‘The chain, they decided, would exude the mild pretension of a low-end department store rather than the folksiness of a high-end dime store.’
    • ‘She seems to accept the seductive power of merchandise, whether it is for sale at the dime store or installed in galleries and museums.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Cheap and inferior.
      ‘plastic dime-store toys’
      • ‘And she had on this pair of really big, really ugly, really cheap, plastic, dime-store earrings.’
      • ‘In a blinding flash he realised that the tiny, plastic ninja figures and other dime-store toys that were available all over New York were woefully under used as leading players in the classical theatre.’
      • ‘Others are contained in dime-store notepads and old school composition books.’
      • ‘But high quality is the byword here, so stay away from those cloudy dime-store magnifying glasses.’
      • ‘She had on a pair of tacky dime-store cat eye sunglasses and a large, red hat with a feather sticking out of it; the hat she wore only a few times to prominent galas (unfortunately not the Pineapple Bay Ball).’
      • ‘Aesthetics are placed above characterization, and that's fortunate because once they're stripped away, this is the stuff of dime-store novels.’
      • ‘The lack of hope and happiness is far more unsettling than the dime store effects, and anyone who has seen it can attest to the movie being more bleak than bold.’
      • ‘These creatures glow red, blue, yellow and green like dime store light-up yo-yos.’
      • ‘She fashioned a heat table from old dime store three-inch deep storage bins, which she lined with a shower curtain, sand and vermiculite and a heat cable.’
      • ‘Indignance doesn't give back, remaining as hollow as dime store chocolate rabbits.’
      • ‘Though she handles it deftly enough, the critique of consumerism, whether the market is for purebred horses or first-generation Minimalism or dime-store trash, is not a particularly fresh or sustaining subject.’
      • ‘The drama here is more dime-store novel than socio-political, and it takes a while for the actors to stop acting so hard, but at almost two hours long, it is never boring.’
      • ‘The librarian handed Steven only about a dozen Manila folders, many containing only one or two photos, a stack hardly as thick as a dime-store novel.’
      • ‘Next, they quickly morph into strange dreamscapes featuring handmade windmills, water-spraying tilt-a-whirls, pink flamingos and yellow, bobbing dime-store ducks.’
      • ‘In this film, a down on his luck zookeeper explores the Dark Continent for possible exploitables, hoping to find a mighty giant of a Chimpanzee who befriends plastic dime store toys.’
      • ‘The only decent aspects of the script are the voice-overs, in which Jill narrates the stow like a private eye out of some dime-store pulp novel.’
      • ‘But there is a profound phoniness to this Latin lover that's as noticeable as the dime store toupee he sports.’
      • ‘On the night before Christmas, Rob deeply wished to give his father something better than a dime store necktie as a gift - something to express in a special way how much he loved his father.’
      • ‘No circumstance is safe for her, not the kindly couple with the room for rent, not the lesbian hooker with a gold plated dime store heart.’
      • ‘If we do seal our houses up, mightn't we run the risk of suffocating like a forgotten dime store goldfish?’
      poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, cheapjack, gimcrack, brummagem, pinchbeck
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    2. 1.2as modifier Trite; simplistic.
      ‘the dime-store moralism of yesteryear’
      • ‘Once the initial thrills are over, the movie's bombastic swagger and dime-store gravitas become deadening.’
      • ‘A dime-store Freudian analysis of his preoccupations will tell you the same thing the album itself is desperate to relate: they like music, so they make music about music.’
      • ‘The snarling anger and the dime-store philosophy has been replaced with an earthy energy that wisely does not hinge on one specific stylistic or emotional stance.’
      • ‘The first flashback to establish him as a brilliant intellectual offers his dime-store rendition of the postmodernist psychological theories of Jacques Lacan.’
      • ‘The film's sheer quirkiness allows it to mercifully bypass any dime-store moralizing.’
      • ‘The characters talk like dime store philosophers after a three drink buzz.’
      • ‘Despite its overall lack of narrative thrust (the film is really three shorts very tenuously tied together) and a tendency to engage in dime store Freudian psychologizing it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year.’
      • ‘But demeanor and emotion are not what must change, no matter what the dime-store psychoanalysts have said.’
      • ‘Let me preface my dime store thoughts with the caveat that I'm not an engineer and have no proof to back up my opinions but hey, the Wright Brothers weren't either and look where it got them!’
      • ‘Ideally, it would broach such sentiment cleverly, without resorting to dime-store spirituality or heavy-handedness.’
      • ‘It's everything that worked about his sound, only scaled back a bit and without anyone spewing ostentatious, dime-store Freudian/literary eyewash all over the top of everything.’
      • ‘He typifies the higher goals these dime-store directors aspired to.’
      overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, threadbare
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Pronunciation

dime store