sticker shock


Definition of sticker shock 

: astonishment and dismay experienced on being informed of a product's unexpectedly high price

Examples of sticker shock in a Sentence

We left the store suffering severe sticker shock.

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But for food-loving travelers who love to eat out, there’s the inevitable sticker shock. Mary Winston Nicklin, USA TODAY, "10 tastes of Paris for less than $10," 18 May 2018 Anyone planning to go new-car shopping for the first time in a while might want to prepare themselves for sticker shock. USA TODAY, "New-car shoppers: Brace yourselves for higher costs, longer loans," 19 Apr. 2018 With a small piece of the Orlando City franchise selling at a price that values the whole at $490 million, future MLS expansion figures to entail a sobering dose of sticker shock. Timothy Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor's move from LouCity wasn't ideal, but likely inevitable," 1 July 2018 That could lead to sticker shock when the electric bills some in. Staff Report,, "Tips for keeping electric bills down during heat wave," 3 July 2018 Hollywood is the latest South Florida city to face sticker shock when looking to replace its crumbling stands. Susannah Bryan,, "Lifeguard stands can be iconic. But are they worth $190,000 each?," 6 July 2018 Image Upper West Siders, especially those in walk-ups or prewar buildings, might experience sticker shock over the asking rents in a new building that is rising on West 80th Street. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Big Units and Big Prices in New Upper West Side Rental," 1 June 2018 The sticker shock stands out given Jenner's age and the hard-to-parse secret sauce that vaulted her family into its own celebrity stratosphere. Rachel Siegel,, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire. Ever.," 14 July 2018 Nonprofit agencies long headquartered in downtown Detroit are facing sticker shock over the rising cost of office space and parking as their leases come up for renewal. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Rising rents in Detroit force nonprofit agencies to move from downtown," 22 May 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sticker shock

: a feeling of surprise and disappointment caused by learning that something you want to buy is very expensive

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