go window-shopping

go window-shopping

To visit stores, or look in their windows, to see what is available without buying anything. My bank account is so sad these days that I'll only be going window-shopping for a while! A: "You guys really went in that expensive boutique?" B: "Yeah, but we only went window-shopping, don't worry! We know we can't afford anything in there!"
See also: go

go window-shopping

to go about looking at goods in store windows without actually buying anything. The office workers go window-shopping on their lunch hour, looking for things to buy when they get paid. Joan said she was just going window-shopping, but she bought a new coat.
See also: go
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Though she usually shops for clothes online, she prefers to shop for shoes in stores, and makes it a point to go window-shopping, at the very least, for shoes at flea markets or designer stores.
If you live with a depressing person, volunteer, join a club, go window-shopping, or take a walk--anything that gives you a reprieve.
In those days you could go window-shopping 24 hours a day because shops didn't need to hide behind metal shutters.
Bhushan has been advising clients to save aggressively while they go window-shopping for cars, homes and other big-ticket purchases.
His most significant contribution was to launch a, failed, Bill to allow children time off school in the run-up to Christmas so that they could go window-shopping for, guess what?
Go window-shopping together, and let children know that you can't always afford to buy everything you want.
Go window-shopping in the weatherproof Underground City, a 30-kilometre labyrinth of indoor squares and pedestrian corridors lined with stores.
4 Go window-shopping in the glasscovered Galeries St Hubert in Bruges - it's Europe's oldest covered shopping arcade.