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sticker shock

unpleasant surprise on learning of an unexpectedly high price for an item.
sticker (price) + shock Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sticker shock
  • These costs are now dropping, he added, but sticker shock remains a drawback.
  • Government incentives will help ease sticker shock for early adopters of electric cars.
  • But if your hearing starts to fade, get ready for sticker shock and frustration.
  • The sticker shock doesn't end with the cost of tickets, however.
  • But he is using the sticker shock to slide in big spending plans without paying for them.
  • We understand the sticker shock some people are feeling about this.
Contemporary definitions for sticker shock

surprise at the retail price of an item, esp. an automobile's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for sticker shock

sticker shock

noun phrase

The nasty impact of a price sticker, esp one on a new car, in inflationary times: We're seeing more in the way of sticker shock lately/ lawmakers are suffering from ''sticker shock'' at the potential costs of health reform (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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