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shop around

verb (intr, adverb) informal
  1. to visit a number of shops or stores to compare goods and prices
  2. to consider a number of possibilities before making a choice
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Idioms and Phrases with shop around

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]

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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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