WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cheap-jack  (chēpjak′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a peddler, esp. of inferior articles.

  1. of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
  2. without scruples or principles;
    underhanded:using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.
Also,  cheapjack′, cheap-john  (chēpjon′).USA pronunciation 
  • 1850–55

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cheap-jack informal n
  1. a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
  1. shoddy or inferior
Etymology: 19th Century: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)


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