IDIOMS

bargain basement

(idiomatic, attributively, often hyphenated) Of poor quality; of little or no value; low-end, shoddy.

Example: An area within a retail store, especially an area located below ground level, where the least costly merchandise can be found.
1922, Christopher Morley, Where the Blue Begins, ch. 6:
  "Where will I find an aluminum cooking pot?" growled the elder Beagle unexpectedly.
  "In the Bargain Basement," said Gissing promptly.
1949 April 11, "Business & Finance: Basement Bedlam," Time (retrieved 5 August 2013):
  To proper Bostonians . . . it was not quite a riot: it was merely the first big postwar men's-wear sale at Filene's bargain basement.
1987 June 18, "Soviets to offer bargain-basement satellite launches," The Courier (Arizona, USA), p. 3A (retrieved 5 August 2013):
  The Soviet Union is offering to send commercial satellites into orbit at bargain-basement prices.
2007 Jan. 19, Stephen Holden, "A Producer for All Seasons (Also Juggles)," New York Times (retrieved 5 August 2013):
  An ebullient woman aswirl in colorful layers of bargain-basement clothes and zany hats, Barbara Siegel also happens to be chairwoman of the Drama Desk nominating committee.
1965 July 30, "The Law: Police: Deputy Doe, B.A.," Time (retrieved 5 August 2013):
  "This nation can't afford bargain-basement cops any more," says Oregon's Multnomah County (Portland) Sheriff Donald Clark. . . . Almost everyone agrees that U.S. police sorely need more education.
1984 March 27, "Democrats Stall Anti-crime Bill, Reagan Hints," Schenectady Gazette, p. 12 (retrieved 5 August 2013):
  "We are not going to ask the brave young men and women who defend this country to put their lives on the line using obsolete weapons and bargain-basement equipment."

English Idioms

English Idioms - Any language is incomplete without the presence or use of idioms. The same is true with the English language. When talk about idiom, it is the phrase, group of words, or saying that has a non-literal (metaphorical) meaning that has become accepted in daily usage. The symbolic representation of idiom is much different from the definition of words present in the phrase or statement. There are a vast number of idioms and they’re utilized much commonly in different languages. According to the estimation, the English language has around 25,000 idioms.

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