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shop (something) around

To offer to sell something to various prospective buyers. They've developed a working prototype that they're shopping around to a few different tech companies. He's shopping his screenplay around to every big movie studio he can get ahold of.
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shop around (for something)

To visit different stores or vendors to find the best price for something one wants to buy. They're offering the computer for $500, but I think I'm going to shop around a bit. I'm shopping around for a dress I can wear to Claire's wedding.
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shop around (for something)

to shop at different stores to find what you want at the best price. I've been shopping around for a new car, but they are all priced too high. You can find a bargain, but you'll have to shop around.
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shop around

1. Look for the best bargain, opportunity, or the like, as in This job offers only minimum wage so she decided to shop around for one with better pay . This expression alludes to looking in different stores in search of bargains or a particular item. [c. 1920]
2. Look for a buyer for, offer for sale to various parties, as in The company is now being actively shopped around. [Second half of 1900s]
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shop around

v.
1. To go from store to store in search of merchandise or bargains: We shopped around for the best price before buying. Don't buy the first pair of shoes you see; shop around first.
2. To look for something better: I think the receptionist is shopping around for a new job.
3. To offer something, such as a large block of common stock, for sale to various parties: They shopped the deal around for a couple of months but couldn't find a buyer.
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First up is romantic drama THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (1940), featuring Stewart as the manager of a Budapest shop who is unknowingly corresponding with co-worker Sullavan through a lonely hearts ad.
Sixty per cent didn't shop around for the best loan and 20 per cent said they'd take the garage's deal - although it could be up to pounds 1,000 dearer.
The decision to buy an annuity is one of the biggest financial decisions customers will take, but few shop around for the best annuity rate for their circumstances.
Defaqto's Mark Hayes-Newington says: "Premiums vary widely and consumers are advised to shop around.
They are capitalising on the apathy of borrowers and benefiting from the fact that some borrowers may not realise they are entitled to shop around.
Participating customers will be able to shop around for a third party supplier of their natural gas, with suppliers free to negotiate prices.
The FSA has launched a guide called It Pays To Shop Around, available from Post Offices or by calling 0845 606 1234.
The Annuity Bureau first began campaigning ten years ago for people to take advantage of the open market option to shop around before buying their annuity.
NEARLY 80% of Irish motorists will shop around at the time of their next car insurance renewal in an attempt to reduce costs.
Summary: Germans are continuing to shop around for attractive summer holiday offers, with fluctuating demand for top destinations around the Mediterranean, the Hotelometer results for April (calendar weeks 14/15 and 16/17)
This shows that it is becoming even more important for consumers to shop around for a motor insurance deal and suggests that while there is still strong competition among the cheapest car insurance providers, cost pressures on insurers for claims such as whiplash are generally pushing premiums upwards, the report said.
It has never been more important to shop around for auto insurance, no matter how long you have been with your current company," says Robert Hunter, CFA's director of insurance, in a statement.
The regulator said the findings highlighted the "sheer lack of awareness" among tenants of their rights to shop around for the best deal, with just 26% of renters ever switching gas supplier compared with 47% of homeowners.
They encourage drivers to remove a rooftop cargo box to save 20%, shop around for fuel (7%), check tyre pressures every month (4%) and take out excess weight from inside the car (2%).
They encourage drivers to remove a rooftop cargo box to save 20 per cent, shop around for fuel to save seven per cent, check tyre pressures every month to save four per cent and take out excess weight from inside the car to save two per cent.