Many people love to go shopping to relax or relieve stress. English has many different expressions to express different moments of shopping by words. Learning a language also comes through acquiring idioms & common expressions and culture. When you have the idioms and proverbs of a language, it means your superiority over the language. That`s why we listed common shopping expressions for you to check out.
Meaning: To shop and spend a lot of money in a small period of time.
Example: When I get my monthly salary, I’m going on a shopping spree!
Meaning: To shop for therapy, to feel better.
She will need some retail therapy when she completes this project.
That’s a killer deal!
Meaning: Something that normally has a high price is surprisingly low and affordable.
Clothes were sold at nearly 50% discount on Mothers` Day. That’s a killer deal!
That’s a rip-off!
Meaning: Something has a price above its normal value for what it should be.
Example: They wanted a lot of money for that old car. That’s a rip-off!
Meaning: Items that are sold below their price as the shop is newly opened.
Example: That shopping site has a lot of doorbusters, you can buy anything you want like accessories and even a bike!
To slash prices
Meaning: To cut/reduce/decrease prices of products
Example: Accessories shop slashed their prices to sell outdated things.
Meaning: Allowing someone to buy or do something at the sale price, at a later date (after the sale) because the item was unavailable
Example: As the shopkeeper sent the customer the wrong information about the first sale date, he gave him a rain check.
Meaning: Looking for items to buy at the lowest price, you go bargain hunting.
Example: "During the sales, we will do bargain hunting to buy more clothes!"
It`s a bargain
Meaning: Buying something cheaper than its normal price
Example: You found that jacket at the back of the shop, and at that price, it's a bargain!
Meaning: To steal/take something from a store without paying money for it.
Example: He was caught shoplifting.
Meaning: Believing that shopping helps you to deal with your bad mood, and makes you relieved.
Example: She had gone crazy, and the only way to calm her down was shopping therapy.
I can`t afford it
Meaning: Something has a price over your money to buy it.
Example: It is a fancy dress but I can't afford it!
It costs an arm and leg
Meaning: Something that costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive.
Example: Those shoes cost an arm and a leg!
It costs a fortune
Meaning: Something that costs a fortune is very expensive.
Example: Buying that ring for his fiancée costs a fortune!
Fit like a glove
Meaning: If something you wear (jewelry or clothes) fits like a glove, it means fit perfectly.
Example: He seems so handsome, that suit fits like a glove, doesn’t it?
Hit the shops/streets
Meaning: Going to the shops to buy many clothes or to spend much time there
Example: After the mid-term exams, we are going to hit the shops in the city.
It`s a steal
Meaning: Something is unexpectedly cheap
Example: "At that price, it's a steal. You won't find it cheaper in any other shop."
It`s good value for money
Meaning: Something that is good value for money is worth the money paid.
Example: Ferrari cars are magnificent so they are good value for money.
It`s a bit pricey
Meaning: A bit pricey good is expensive.
Example: Shopping on this street is a bit pricey for teens like us.
Meaning: To shop in different stores to find the best product (price, style, etc.).
Example: Before you buy a new phone, you should shop around at different stores to compare the different features.
Shop till you drop
Meaning: To do the shopping for a very long time until you can’t carry shopping bags.
Example: “Many women love to shop till they drop; however, this is not as common in most men.”
Meaning: To look at things in shop windows without any purpose of buying.
Example: I can only go window shopping until my monthly wage is sent to my account.
Meaning: To go to different shops to look for cheap prices.
Example: I think I can purchase these clothes all for a cheaper price. I’m going to shop around.
To pay one’s way
Meaning: A situation where people go together to a place and everyone pay for oneself.
Example: I’m going to pay my way. You don’t need to pay for me.