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"cheap" in British English

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cheapadjective

uk   /tʃiːp/  us   /tʃiːp/
  • cheap adjective (LOW PRICE)

A1 costing little ​money or less than is ​usual or ​expected: I got a cheap ​flight at the last ​minute. Food is usually cheaper in ​supermarkets. Children and the ​elderly are ​entitled to cheap ​traintickets. The ​system is ​simple and cheap tooperate. During ​times of ​massunemployment, there's a ​pool of cheap labour for ​employers to ​draw from.figurative In a ​war, ​humanlifebecomes very cheap (= ​seems to be of little ​value).
If a ​shop or ​restaurant is cheap, it ​chargeslowprices: I go to the cheapest hairdresser's in ​town.
cheap and cheerful UK
cheap but good or ​enjoyable: There's a ​restaurant round the ​corner that ​serves cheap and ​cheerfulfood.
on the cheap informal
If you get ​goods on the cheap, you get them for a ​lowprice, often from someone you ​know who ​works in the ​company or ​business that ​produces them.

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  • cheap adjective (DRESSED SEXILY)

disapproving If you ​describe the way a ​person is ​dressed as cheap, you mean that it is very ​obvious that they are ​trying to ​sexuallyattract other ​people.
  • cheap adjective (UNKIND)

disapproving unpleasant and ​unkind: I ​wish you'd ​stop making cheap ​jokes about my ​friends.

cheapadverb

uk   /tʃiːp/  us   /tʃiːp/
(Definition of cheap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cheap" in American English

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cheapadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /tʃip/
costing little ​money or less than is ​usual or ​expected: After ​World War II, the US had cheap ​labor, cheap ​energy, cheap ​rawmaterials, cheap ​housing, cheap ​food, and cheap ​transportation. Used ​computers are dirt cheap (= very cheap).
If a ​place that ​sellsgoods or ​services is cheap, it ​chargeslowprices: a cheap ​departmentstore
Goods that are cheap are ​low in ​price but of ​poorquality: The cheap ​rug did not come ​clean.
disapproving Someone who is cheap is ​unwilling to ​spendmoney: The ​boss is cheap – he’ll never ​buy a new ​truck if he can ​squeeze a few more ​miles out of the ​old one.
considered to have a ​lowmoralcharacter or ​value: She called him a cheap ​thug and a ​liar.
(Definition of cheap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cheap" in Business English

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cheapadjective

uk   us   /tʃiːp/
costing little ​money or less than is usual or expected: I got a cheap ​flight at the last ​minute. Food is usually cheaper in ​supermarkets. During ​times of ​massunemployment, there's a ​pool of cheap ​labour for ​employers to ​draw from.
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if a ​store, ​restaurant, etc. is cheap, it ​chargeslowprices: This is the cheapest ​officesuppliesstore in the city.
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low in ​quality and ​low in ​price: He ​bought some cheap shoes that ​fell apart after a couple of months.
US disapproving ( UK mean) unwilling to ​spendmoney: He's so cheap we didn't get a ​payraise this ​year.
cheap and cheerful UK informal
cheap, but good or enjoyable: There's a ​restaurant round the ​corner that ​serves cheap and cheerful ​food.
cheap and nasty
UK informal costing little, and of ​badquality: Spend a little more and ​avoid getting something that is just cheap and nasty.

cheapadverb

uk   us   /tʃiːp/
for little ​money, or for less than is usual: buy/sell sth cheap I ​bought it cheap from an ​internetauctionsite.
be going cheap
to be for ​sale for less than you would ​normally expect to ​pay: Many ​mortgagedeals are going cheap ​right now.
not come cheap
if you say that something does not come cheap, you mean that it is of good ​quality and is therefore ​expensive: If you want a ​qualifiedaccountant, their ​services don't come cheap.
on the cheap informal
if something is ​bought, done, or ​produced on the cheap, it is ​bought, etc. for less ​money than you would ​normally expect to ​pay, and is perhaps of ​poorquality: This ​site will ​help you to eat well on the cheap. Much of the ​refurbishmentwork has been done on the cheap - and it ​shows.
(Definition of cheap from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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