Definition of dime store in English:

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dime store

Pronunciation: /ˈdīm ˌstô(ə)r/


North American
1A shop selling cheap merchandise (originally one where the maximum price was a dime).
Example sentences
  • She seems to accept the seductive power of merchandise, whether it is for sale at the dime store or installed in galleries and museums.
  • It is an American success story and it has grown from a humble dime store into the world's biggest retail chain, leaving other shopping icons far behind and that success has sparked controversy.
  • The chain, they decided, would exude the mild pretension of a low-end department store rather than the folksiness of a high-end dime store.
1.1 [as modifier] Cheap and inferior: plastic dime-store toys
More example sentences
  • And she had on this pair of really big, really ugly, really cheap, plastic, dime-store earrings.
  • In a blinding flash he realised that the tiny, plastic ninja figures and other dime-store toys that were available all over New York were woefully under used as leading players in the classical theatre.
  • She had on a pair of tacky dime-store cat eye sunglasses and a large, red hat with a feather sticking out of it; the hat she wore only a few times to prominent galas (unfortunately not the Pineapple Bay Ball).

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