Definition of retail therapy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


retail therapy

[uncountable](usually humorous)
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the act of going shopping and buying things in order to make yourself feel more cheerful I was ready for a little retail therapy. Topic CollocationsShoppinggoing shopping go/go out/be out shopping go to a store/the mall/a shopping center do the grocery shopping/a bit of window-shopping (informal) hit/hang out at the mall try on clothes/shoes (informal) indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/cut back on/reduce your spending be/get caught shoplifting donate something to/take something to/find something in a thrift store buy/sell/find something at a garage sale/a yard sale/a flea market find/get/pick up a bargainat the store load/push/wheel a (grocery) cart stand in/wait in the checkout line stand in line at the checkout/the register bag (your) groceries stock/restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/appear on supermarket/store shelves be in/have in/be out of/run out of stock deal with/help/serve customers run a special promotion be on sale/clearancebuying goods make/complete a purchase order/buy/purchase something online/by mail order place/take an order for something buy/order something in bulk/in advance accept/take credit cards pay (in) cash/by (credit/debit) card/with a gift certificate/by check enter your PIN (= personal identification number) ask for/get/obtain a receipt return/exchange an item/a product be entitled to/ask for/demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/receive a 30% discount clip/save/use/print coupons
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