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sticker shock Syllabification: stick·er shock

Definition of sticker shock in English:

noun

North American informal
Shock or dismay experienced by the potential buyers of a particular product on discovering its high or increased price: drugstore consumers are feeling the pain of sticker shock as never before
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  • These are the ‘staged’ homes, interior decorated for a faux family to create a warm feeling for prospective buyers facing sticker shock.
  • Did the asking price send you into sticker shock?
  • My friend went into sticker shock at the price of weekend evening shows - $12.50.

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