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shop around

verb (intransitive, adverb) (informal)
to visit a number of shops or stores to compare goods and prices
to consider a number of possibilities before making a choice
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  • At the other side of the shop around the corner was a doorway in which sat a woman with a basket of fruit for sale.

  • She intended to shop around for a husband, but she did not say this.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • But anyway I'm sending it to that shop around the corner in the street below you, and they'll hold it there to your order.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • I stationed myself in a butcher's shop around the Place de la Bastile, whose name and address was on the back of a ticket.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • For these parts and for the switch mentioned above you can shop around to advantage.

  • That was plain in his mind—little old last year's thing—at that shop around the corner.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • The next time he went into Mallorysport, he decided, he was going to shop around for a good power-shovel.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • Opalescent, infinitely desirable, in the window of a stationer's shop around the corner, gleamed the paste-pot of my daydreams.

    More Trivia Logan Pearsall Smith
  • And so we'll shop around and get up this layout now, and don't you worry about the expense.

Slang definitions & phrases for shop around

shop around

verb phrase

  1. To search for something or someone: I heard he was shopping around for a new Secretary of the Interior
  2. To compare prices, services, etc: I really wish I had more time to shop around before buying that yacht (1922+)
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Idioms and Phrases with shop around

shop around

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 ]
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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