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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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noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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