window-shopping

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window-shopping

The act of visiting stores, or looking in their windows, to see what is available without buying anything. My bank account is so sad these days that I'll only be window-shopping for a while! A: "You guys really went in that expensive boutique?" B: "Yeah, but we were only window-shopping, don't worry! We know we can't afford anything in there!"
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He says it's like window shopping because all he's doing is looking with no intention of taking it further.
But he faces heartache with news that she has been window shopping for rings with her American lover Matt Novello.
Janet Scott, 42, had been window shopping with her 61year-old husband David when she was hit by a stray bullet.
CATHERINE Zeta-Jones keeps warm during a spot of window shopping at a Canadian ski resort.
But the prize for dedication goes to a punter who wants to remain nameless and was, ahem, window shopping in Amsterdam before the AZ Alkmaar clash.
The couple, who met at a party three months ago, did some window shopping then nipped into a pub in Primrose Hill, North London.