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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Shopping

(Idioms :   bargain hunting  →  window shopping )

bargain hunting Spend time in the shops looking for items to buy at the lowest price.
During the sales I go bargain hunting with my friends!
it's a bargain Said when an article is well below the usual price.
That handbag goes beautifully with the dress, and at that price it's a bargain!
I can't afford it Not have enough money to buy something
I'd love that jacket but I can't afford it!
it costs an arm and a leg If an article or service costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive indeed.
The diamond engagement ring cost an arm and a leg!
it costs a fortune Something that costs a fortune is very expensive.
Look at the price of that bag - it costs a fortune!
it's a steal This expression means that something is so cheap that it’s almost as if you haven't paid anything for it.
At that price it's a steal. You won't find it cheaper in any other shop.
it's good value for money Something that is good value for money is worth the money spent on it.
The quality is excellent so it's good value for money.
it's a bit pricey This expression means that something is a bit expensive.
Their clothes are a bit pricey but they have a wonderful selection
it's a rip-off Something that costs much more than it should is called a "rip-off".
$10 for an orange juice? That's a rip-off!
shop around If you shop around, you visit a number of shops selling similar articles in order to compare the prices.
You can usually save money by shopping around.
shop till you drop If you shop till you drop, you go shopping for a very long time, until you are exhausted.
If you go to London with Ashley, you'll shop till you drop, so take comfortable shoes!
shopping spree If you go on a shopping spree, you enjoy a lively outing, usually with much spending of money.
Liza is planning to go on a shopping spree as soon as she gets her bonus.
shopping therapy This term refers to the idea that buying things can make you feel better.
A little shopping therapy can usually cheer up bored teenagers.
splash out If  you splash out on something, you buy it even though it costs a lot of money.
When he got a promotion Andy splashed out on a brand new car.
window shopping When people go window shopping, they look at things in shop windows, without actually purchasing anything.
I haven't been paid yet,  so I can only go window shopping.

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