go window-shopping

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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!"
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There is excellent concert footage from Amsterdam and New York, and the sight of the amazed ancients going window-shopping in New York, looking not unlike resigned sinners finding themselves unexpectedly within the Pearly Gates, is a particular pleasure.