sticker shock

noun
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

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

  1. We left the store suffering severe sticker shock.

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First Known Use of sticker shock

1981

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STICKER SHOCK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sticker shock for English Language Learners

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


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