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window shopping

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Definition of window shopping in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The activity of looking at goods displayed in shop windows, especially without intending to buy anything: window shopping is the favourite pastime of all New Yorkers
More example sentences
  • Teenagers cycled past on bikes and young mothers pushing prams made their leisurely way down the street, stopping occasionally to do a bit of window shopping.
  • They are described as the British farming industry's most high-profile shop window, and with such a variety of goods on offer, window shopping has never been so tempting.
  • Trips will last an average of three hours and 57 minutes; however a large amount of this is window shopping.

Derivatives

window-shop

1
verb
Example sentences
  • Clad in coats, the huddled few marched with purpose, only rarely stopping to window-shop.
  • I stopped and pretended to window-shop.
  • Right after Christmas she window-shops for the right gift for 'him'.

window shopper

2
noun
Example sentences
  • On Sunday, two boys and two girls were mixing with the general gathering - window-shoppers, dawdlers, and so on - carrying signboards that said, ‘crazy sales’.
  • And to the national multitude of window-shoppers, whether at the mall or watching their TVs, the full-time advertising is another, complementary provocation.
  • Some of the parents gasped and dragged away their offspring, rushing for the door, and most of the window-shoppers panicked and joined the exodus.

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