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panic buying

Syllabification: pan·ic buy·ing

Definition of panic buying in English:

noun

The action of buying large quantities of a particular product or commodity due to sudden fears of a forthcoming shortage or price increase: panic buying by motorists compounded the situation—by the middle of the month, nearly all of the country’s gas stations had run dry
More example sentences
  • Panic buying of foodstuffs and nutritional supplements (e.g. iodine) is a likely outcome.
  • There was panic buying of supplies in some supermarkets.
  • They were geared up for a day of premature panic buying.

Derivatives

panic-buy

1
verb
Example sentences
  • Yesterday Irish people were told to stop panic-buying petrol.
  • "I would say that some people have perhaps panic-bought as they are so understandably worried about their children's education."
  • The advice we've received is not to make any unnecessary car trips for four days and not to panic-buy gas.

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