Dirt Cheap Meaning

Meaning of Idiom ‘Dirt Cheap’

When something is dirt cheap it is very inexpensive. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Examples Of Use

“You won’t believe what I found at a garage sale. An autographed Stephen King novel. It was dirt cheap, too!”

“Fifteen dollars a month for such a great service is dirt cheap.”

“Once I found a pair of Levis jeans in a barn that was from the 1890s! The owner was willing to sell them to me dirt cheap but I didn’t realize how valuable they were. I thought they were just a ratty old pair of pants!”

Origin

This idiom literally means “as cheap as dirt.” It replaced an older expression in the early 1800s, dog cheap, no longer used today. 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,3McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002

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1, 2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
3. McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002