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cheap

adjective [-er/-est only]  /tʃip/ us  

cheap adjective [-er/-est only] (COST)

costing little money or less than is usual or expected: After World War II, the US had cheap labor, cheap energy, cheap raw materials, cheap housing, cheap food, and cheap transportation. Used computers are dirt cheap (= very cheap). If a place that sells goods or services is cheap, it charges low prices: a cheap department store Goods that are cheap are low in price but of poor quality: The cheap rug did not come clean. disapproving Someone who is cheap is unwilling to spend money: The boss is cheap – he’ll never buy a new truck if he can squeeze a few more miles out of the old one.

cheap adjective [-er/-est only] (CHARACTER)

considered to have a low moral character or value: She called him a cheap thug and a liar.
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