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cheap-jack

[cheep-jak] /ˈtʃipˌdʒæk/
noun
1.
a peddler, especially of inferior articles.
adjective
2.
of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
3.
without scruples or principles; underhanded:
using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.
Also, cheapjack, cheap-john
[cheep-jon] /ˈtʃipˌdʒɒn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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British Dictionary definitions for cheap john

cheap-jack

noun
1.
a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
adjective
2.
shoddy or inferior
Word Origin
C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)
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Slang definitions & phrases for cheap john

cheapjack

modifier

Inferior and cheap; obscure and third-rate; shoddy

[Cheap Jack and Cheap John, ''itinerant huckster, merchant of shoddy,'' are attested from about 1850]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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