big-ticket item, a

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big-ticket item, a

An expensive purchase; a large outlay. Ticket refers either to the price tag or to the banking term meaning a preliminary record of a transaction before it is posted in a permanent book of account. The term originated in the United States about 1940 and is a borderline cliché.
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Also, get a good night's sleep before you make a decision about a big-ticket item, advises Hunt.