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five-and-ten

[fahyv-uh n-ten] /ˈfaɪv ənˈtɛn/
noun
1.
Also called five-and-ten-cent store
[fahyv-uh n-ten-sent] /ˈfaɪv ənˈtɛnˌsɛnt/ (Show IPA),
five-and-dime
[fahyv-uh n-dahym] /ˈfaɪv ənˈdaɪm/ (Show IPA),
dime store, ten-cent store. a store offering a wide assortment of inexpensive items, formerly costing five or ten cents, for personal and household use.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a five-and-ten.
Origin of five-and-ten
1875-1880
1875-80
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Historical Examples
  • Most of the latter she had purchased from the five-and-ten, but they all carried a point.

  • One finds cheap substitutes, but one also finds new commodities made for the five-and-ten trade.

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • A five-and-ten furnished a pair of heavy-rimmed glasses that seemed to have blanks in them, and he decided he might get by.

    Pursuit Lester del Rey
Slang definitions & phrases for five-and-ten

five-and-ten

adjective

Cheap; paltry; second-rate: Dr Ruth is strictly a five-and-dime affair

noun

A variety store selling relatively cheap items; dime store (1908+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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