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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Idioms relating to shopping and purchases
from:   'bargain hunting'   to:  'window shopping'

  • bargain hunting
    • If you spend time in the shops looking for items to buy at the lowest price, you go bargain hunting.
      "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!"

  • buy a lemon
    • If buy something, especially a car, that is defective, unsatisfactory, constantly gives trouble or stops running after a short time, you buy a lemon.
      "The car I bought was a real lemon. It broke down two weeks later."

  • I can't afford it
    • If you can't afford something you don't have enough money to buy it.
      "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
    • The expression 'it's a steal'' 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
    • The expression a bit pricey 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
    • The term shopping therapy 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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