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greasy spoon

noun, Slang.
1.
a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.
Origin of greasy spoon
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism
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Examples from the Web for greasy spoon
Historical Examples
  • Then we go to a dinner club that makes the Buster look like a greasy spoon.

    Probability Louis Trimble
  • Muckraking was just beginning in those days, and a prying reformer came to live for a while at the greasy spoon.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • The greasy spoon isn't an appetizing name; not appetizing to men who live a sedentary life.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
  • Fat came back to the table, and the greasy spoon again rang with laughter.

    The Iron Puddler James J. Davis
British Dictionary definitions for greasy spoon

greasy spoon

noun
1.
(slang) a small, cheap, and often unsanitary restaurant, usually specializing in fried foods
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Slang definitions & phrases for greasy spoon

greasy spoon

noun phrase

A small, cheap restaurant, lunchroom, or diner: The Marx brothers ate in coffee pots and greasy spoons/ your above-average greasy spoon in Boston's Back Bay (1925+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with greasy spoon

greasy spoon

A cheap restaurant, especially one serving short-order fried foods. For example, College students short of cash tend to eat a lot in that greasy spoon. This expression also implies that the restaurant is not very clean. [ c. 1900 ]
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