sticker shock

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Such price hikes have led to sticker shock, resignation and a determination to sniff out bargains. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Among those are the potential for customer sticker shock, cash flow insecurity, confusing scaling mechanisms and little commitment due to low investment. Nishant Nair, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Alcohol demand has been strong since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and prices have risen, although competition has kept a lid on sticker shock, industry experts say. Ronald D. White, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2021 Special assessments can provide enough sticker shock to existing residents, but prospective buyers may not know they are being considered or were already levied and that the seller is just trying to skip out on the bill. Cameron Sperance, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Dec. 2021 Art-world documentaries often tap into the human audacity of forgery and thievery, the suspense of finding and unmasking fakes, not to mention the sheer sticker shock of it all. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 Roketa Dumas, a financial blogger who lives in Charlotte, N.C., planned to refresh her wardrobe this spring, but got sticker shock on recent shopping trips. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 As some families see budget shortfalls, they're also getting hit by sticker shock at the grocery store and elsewhere. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 23 Dec. 2021 Alcohol demand has been strong since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and prices have risen, although competition has kept a lid on sticker shock, industry experts say. Ronald D. White, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sticker shock

1981, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Sticker shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sticker%20shock. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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