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greasy spoon

n. Slang
A small, inexpensive, often unsanitary restaurant.

greasy spoon

(Cookery) slang a small, cheap, and often unsanitary restaurant, usually specializing in fried foods

greas′y spoon′

a cheap and rather unsanitary restaurant.
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Noun1.greasy spoon - a small restaurant specializing in short-order fried foods
eatery, eating house, eating place, restaurant - a building where people go to eat

greasy spoon (café)

n (pej inf)billiges Fresslokal (pej inf)
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