dirt cheap

dirt-cheap

[durt-cheep]
adjective
1.
very inexpensive: The house may need a lot of work, but it was dirt-cheap.
adverb
2.
cheaply: They got it dirt-cheap.

Origin:
1815–25

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dirt-cheap
 
adj, —adv
informal at an extremely low price

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dirt cheap

Very inexpensive, as in Their house was a real bargain, dirt cheap. Although the idea dates back to ancient times, the precise expression, literally meaning "as cheap as dirt," replaced the now obsolete dog cheap. [Early 1800s]

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