sticker shock

  1. unpleasant surprise on learning of an unexpectedly high price for an item.

Origin of sticker shock

sticker (price) + shock

Words Nearby sticker shock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sticker shock in a sentence

  • All women who take time off to mother their children face similar sticker-shock when they decide to work again.

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