- to look at articles in the windows of stores without making any purchases.
- to examine or evaluate merchandise for possible purchase, use, etc.: Russian delegations are window-shopping in European factories.
- to look at (merchandise) in the windows of stores without making any purchases: to window-shop shoes.
Origin of window-shop
First recorded in 1925–30
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- (intr) to look at goods in shop windows without buying them