Definitions starting with C

ID #3935

cheap

[cf. Jam. just as cheap equally well: "I had just as cheap go as stay" DJE II; cf. OED cheap costing little effort: "He thinks it as cheap to defie the Court, as Submit to it" 1660] adv. in the idioms:

You cheap(er) do that or You cheap as well do that: You might as well do that; it will cost you less effort or trouble: We got club but dem only have old drinking man we cheap as well don't go there (Andros). (Black)

You just cheap do it: You had to do it in any event (so don't pretend your motivation was so noble). (White)

Tags: adverb, idiom, phrase

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Last update: 2010-12-22 15:47
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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