Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A retail store selling a wide variety of inexpensive articles. Also called dime store, five-and-dime, ten-cent store.

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  • n. A five-and-dime

Etymologies

Short for five-and-ten-cent store.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • All around, there's the too-bright sun and the bright colors that make up downtown: the greens of the grocery store signs and the reds-and-whites of the five-and-ten.

    The Town Secrets

  • One time, a five-and-ten shop failed to charge us the right price for a Halloween costume; when I pointed it out, she marched back in and gave them the rest of their money.

    Cake Boss

  • People walked along listening to transistor radios because there were stations with auxiliary power and there were men wrapped in headscarves who sold flashlights and candles and there were candles in thousands of apartment windows and people on line for candles outside the five-and-ten and long lines at phone booths on every second corner.

    Underworld

  • And so on, through five-and-ten cent store, soda and newspaper carrier jobs, until at last he was a bell-hop at the Green - Davidson, the finest hotel in Kansas City, as he informed them.

    An American Tragedy

  • And I went to work at the Woolworth's five-and-ten there in

    Oral History Interview with Edna Y. Hargett, July 19, 1979. Interview H-0163. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • It is obvious that with the sleazy modern materials available in any five-and-ten a rider can produce a pretty handsome costume.

    Centennial

  • Sam's garage is going to be no five-and-ten affair.

    The Stars and Stripes The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

  • There was an unmade bed in a corner, a litter of newspapers and old clothes, a gas ring, a framed landscape from the five-and-ten, representing some sort of sick brown meadows with sheep; there were no drawings or figures, no hints of the occupant's profession.

    The Fountainhead

  • Tessie knew that presently the woman would come out, bundle laden, and that she would stow these lesser bundles in every corner left available by the more important sleeping bundle -- two yards of oilcloth; a spool of 100, white; a banana for the baby; a new stewpan at the five-and-ten.

    One Basket

  • "His whole life was the paper," Mr. Vonnegut observes about a journalist, "and his talking of quitting it was like a trout's talking of quitting a mountain stream to get a job in a five-and-ten."

    The Seattle Times

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