Definition of panic buying in English:

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panic buying


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
  • Part two of my contingency plan addresses the food shortage caused by panic buying.
  • The specter of the unfolding financial crisis incited some panic buying of Treasuries.
  • However, following Nestlé's announcement earlier this month, there was panic buying of condensed milk across Scotland.



Example sentences
  • The advice we've received is not to make any unnecessary car trips for four days and not to panic-buy gas.
  • An Asda spokesman said he was confident they had enough stock as long as people did not panic-buy.
  • Car drivers in some parts of the country have already started to panic-buy despite pleas to fill up cars as normal.

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Syllabification: pan·ic buy·ing

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