sticker shock
noun Date: 1981 astonishment and dismay experienced on being informed of a product's unexpectedly high price

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  • sticker shock — UK US noun [U] US INFORMAL COMMERCE ► unpleasant surprise at the high price of something: get/experience sticker shock »I think everybody who goes to the pump to fill up their car gets sticker shock. »Laser printers are now as cheap as $150, but… …   Financial and business terms

  • Sticker shock — is a United States term for the feeling of surprise experienced by consumers upon finding unexpectedly high prices on the price tags (stickers) of products they are considering purchasing. The term is commonly thought to have originated with high …   Wikipedia

  • sticker shock — n. Informal the surprise and dismay supposedly experienced by consumers when confronted with high or greatly increased prices, esp. the sticker price of a new automobile …   English World dictionary

  • sticker shock — sticker ,shock noun uncount AMERICAN INFORMAL the feeling of shock that people have when the price of something suddenly increases …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sticker shock — noun Etymology: sticker (I) (adhesive label printed with an item s cost) : astonishment and dismay experienced on being informed of a product s unexpectedly high price * * * noun [noncount] US : a feeling of surprise and disappointment caused by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sticker shock — n. the shock at seeing just how much something new, usually an automobile, costs as determined by looking at the price tag or sticker. □ I went to a car dealer today, and I am still suffering from sticker shock. □ If sticker shock is getting you… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • sticker shock — noun Disgust, shock, or fright upon learning the price of an item offered for sale. Last week Jensen returned to his dealers showroom to eye the new Continental, but he quickly became another victim of what Detroit calls sticker shock. The price… …   Wiktionary

  • sticker shock — unpleasant surprise on learning of an unexpectedly high price for an item. [STICKER (PRICE) + SHOCK] * * * …   Universalium

  • sticker shock — noun N. Amer. informal shock or dismay experienced on discovering the high or increased price of a particular product …   English new terms dictionary

  • sticker shock — UK / US noun [uncountable] American informal the feeling of shock that people have when the price of something suddenly increases …   English dictionary

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