Is Land Dirt-Cheap?

dirt-cheap (dûrt’chēp’) adv. & adj. Very cheap: bought the property dirt-cheap; a dirt-cheap piece of property. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. The term came into popular use in the 1860s when it replaced the term dog cheap.  It denoted something that had no value, and therefore no price.   In reality dirt (land) isn’t “Dirt Cheap”; it can have great value and can carry a high price. For example; in Haiti dirt is so valuable that Haitians will cross into the Dominican Republic to steal topsoil. And it was well known that Hitler stole train loads of Ukrainian black dirt to improve gardens in Germany. He knew more food would be needed to feed the people. While these are extreme cases of value, let’s examine the subject of value in dollars….Read More→

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