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 English Idioms and Expressions 

Idioms relating to SHOPPING
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!"

  • be your one-stop shop
    • Your one-stop shop is a location at which you can buy everything you need or want.
      "The ‘Shopping Empire’ is my one-stop shop for buying Christtmas presents."

  • break the bank
    • The expression break the bank means to spend or lose all your money, or to buy something that costs more than you can afford.
      "Come on! Buying a new dress is not going to break the bank!"

  • 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."

  • hit the shops
    • If a product hits the shops, it becomes available for purchase for the first time.
      "Her latest album will hit the shops next Monday."

  • 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!"

  • pay through the nose
    • If you pay through the nose, you pay an unreasonably high price or an excessive amount of money for something
      "Amanda has expensive taste. Sam had to pay through the nose for the bracelet she chose."

  • a pound shop (primarily heard in the UK)
    • A shop where goods are sold at a low price, usually for a pound or less, is called a pound shop.
      "Let's go to the pound shop. We'll find something cheaper there."

  • 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!"

  • shopper's paradise
    • A place where a large selection of items are available for sale is called a shopper’s paradise by people who love shopping.
      "The new mall is real shopper’s paradise. I could spend the day there!"

  • 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 outon 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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