shop around (for something)

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shop around (for something)

To browse different stores, vendors, or selections to find the best price or option 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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But the Partnership research found that out of the 270,000 people with a pension fund of less than pounds 40,000 who bought an annuity last year, only 82,000 took advantage of the open market option and shopped around for the best rate.
Some 31% have not got their mortgage at a competitive rate; 25% have not shopped around for insurance products; and 70% of women have either no savings or only enough to maintain their standard of living for less than three months.
Just under half of women said they shopped around for the best insurance deals.
Three-quarters have not changed credit card provider in the past year and a half, while 69% haven't shopped around for their car insurance.
I shopped around for a consolidation company offering terms that were right for me, and I shared the information with my friends.
Anne, 55, who lives in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, says, "I had never shopped around for home insurance until Jane, who lives with me, had her handbag stolen from the car.