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Cheap at half the price : Phrases


Something that is very cheap.



The phrase is not related to price, but rather to quality. Thus something that is of very poor quality could still be thought of as cheap even if it were half the price. The saying first came into usage in the mid 19th century, when impecunious members of the aristocracy were forced to borrow money from high interest charging money lenders, the lenders themselves being regarded as cheap individuals for so demeaning themselves by lending money at such high rates of interest that they would still be regarded as cheap even if they charged half the rate.

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