"cheap jacks" Definition

  1. or JOHNS, oratorical hucksters and patterers of hardware, who put an article up at a high price, and then cheapen it by degrees, indulging all the time in volleys of coarse wit, until it becomes to all appearance a bargain, and as such it is bought by one of the crowd. The popular idea is that the inverse method of auctioneering saves them paying for the auction licence.—_See_ DUTCH AUCTION.

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Position in the dictionary: 588 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: cheat’em, checks, chee-chee, cheek, cheek by jowl, cheese, cheesecutter, cheesemongers, cheesy, cherry-bums
Previous words in the dictionary: cheap, chaw-bacon, chaw over, chaw, chaunters, chaunter-culls, chaunt, chatty, chatter-box, chatter-basket

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