Definition of bargain basement in English:

bargain basement


  • A part of a store where goods are sold cheaply, typically because they are old or imperfect.

    [as modifier] before noun ‘bargain-basement prices’
    figurative ‘a mixture of styles from pop culture's bargain basement’
    • ‘In reality, the speakers are of a bargain-basement variety, all done up in their Sunday best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, without further ado let's take a wander through the bargain basement of my shopping patterns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But we are shopping in the bargain basement here, and there is no time to get sniffy.’
    • ‘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 last thing Bradford needs is a bargain-basement store in such prestigious premises.’
    • ‘It's tedious and predictable - a bargain-basement version of Bladerunner whose only original idea comes from Dick's wafer-thin storyline.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A former park ranger could make almost £300,000 profit on a house he bought from the council at a bargain-basement price.’
    • ‘Lasser's Wall Street capitalism is at once the upper gallery of material prosperity and also the bargain basement for selling one's soul.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘America has become a bargain basement destination for Irish shoppers.’
    • ‘The property was seized, sold at a bargain-basement price to a government minister, and then quickly resold for a substantial profit.’
    • ‘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.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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bargain basement

/ˈbärɡən ˌbāsmənt/