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greasy spoon

noun, Slang.
a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.
Origin of greasy spoon
1920-25, Americanism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for greasy-spoon

greasy spoon

(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.
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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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