Cheap-john

cheap-jack

[cheep-jak]
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] .


Origin:
1850–55

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cheap-jack
 
n
1.  a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
 
adj
2.  shoddy or inferior
 
[C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)]

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