Definition of mates' rates in US English:

mates' rates

phrase

informal
  • Discounted prices or preferential terms offered to friends by the seller of a product or service.

    ‘Rick arranged for the repair to be done at mates' rates’
    • ‘However by this time I had the trike finished and with the help of friends and the good old Australian 'mates' rates' it had cost me next to nothing in monetary terms, which pleased Lora to no end.’
    • ‘Joe, tell him George sent you and you'll easily get mates' rates.’
    • ‘I have to make a website for a friend (mates' rates unfortunately - free).’
    • ‘Paul is offering him some gash about his friend being a printer and giving mates' rates.’
    • ‘It provided billions in aid, free military hardware, latest intelligence support and some of the best mates' rates in international politics.’
    • ‘I bought it off a friend at mate's rates.’
    • ‘If Chelle had been a physio like she wanted to when she was a teenager, I could be getting mates' rates.’
    • ‘If you're in that area, and want your carpets cleaned, give them a call and say Paddy said to give you a mates' rates price.’
    • ‘No transparency, no accountability, mates' rates - let's take our money and run.’