Meaning of “bargain basement” in the English Dictionary

"bargain-basement" in American English

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bargain-basementadjective [ not gradable ]

/ˈbɑr·ɡən ˈbeɪs·mənt/

(of prices) extremely low, or (of products) of low quality:

Farmers bought up the land at bargain-basement prices.

(Definition of “bargain-basement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bargain basement" in Business English

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bargain basementnoun [ C ]


a store or a part of a store, often underground, where things are sold at reduced prices:

The book had been a terrible flop, and you could buy it for $5 in any bargain basement.
adjective [ before noun ]

having a very low price or value:

Jonathan manages to buy all his clothes at bargain-basement prices (= very cheaply).
Act now if you want to buy bargain-basement shares.

(Definition of “bargain basement” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)