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adjective cheap pronunciation in British English /tʃiːp/ 
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  1. 1
    not expensive

    People should have access to cheap, fresh food.

    The local buses are cheap and reliable.

    a cheap and plentiful source of energy

    The machine is relatively cheap to build but expensive to maintain.

  2. 2
    not expensive and not of good quality

    People were drinking cheap wine from plastic cups.

    He was always buying her cheap jewellery.

    a cheap imitation:

    Always ask for our products by name – beware of cheap imitations!

  3. 3
    a cheap action or remark is unfair or unkind and does not deserve respect

    I'm not interested in scoring cheap points in this debate.

    a cheap joke/jibe:

    The Minister should be dealing with the problem, not making cheap jibes.

    a cheap trick:

    He said he realized it had been a cheap trick and he was sorry.

  4. 4
    not considered important or valuable

    It happened during the war when life was cheap.

  5. 5
    mainly American not willing to spend money

    She's so cheap she wouldn't even buy her own mother a birthday card.


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