Idiom of the Week: Dirt Cheap


Meaning: very cheap; extremely inexpensive


Apples were dirt cheap at the supermarket, so I bought a lot of them.

“My new phone broke after only a week!” “What did you expect? It was dirt cheap!”

I pay so much for rent in New York, but in my hometown rent was dirt cheap.


Pop Quiz:

If something is dirt cheap, it…

A. is probably high-quality.

B. was probably on sale.

C. needed to be cleaned after you bought it.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. If something is dirt cheap, that means it was cheaper than usual, which means it was probably on sale. Very few things are dirt cheap these days – not even dirt!


2 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Dirt Cheap

  1. Sze Wong says:

    Most decorations made from seashell are dirt cheap.

  2. Emily Davies says:

    I explained this idiom to my students today, it is interesting to share, one example from my side: Don’t buy these dirt cheap electronic equipment, they are useless..

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