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window shopping

(jargon)
A term used among users of WIMP environments like the X Window System or the Macintosh at the US Geological Survey for extended experimentation with new window colours, fonts, and icon shapes. This activity can take up hours of what might otherwise have been productive working time. "I spent the afternoon window shopping until I found the coolest shade of green for my active window borders --- now they perfectly match my medium slate blue background." Serious window shoppers will spend their days with bitmap editors, creating new and different icons and background patterns for all to see. Also: "window dressing", the act of applying new fonts, colours, etc.

See fritterware, compare macdink.
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Mohammad Usman, the owner of a garment shop at Moti Bazaar, told Dawn that he kept the shop opened till late night but most of the visitors did window shopping. He said they usually closed shops at midnight.
The survey, 2019 Beyond the Bricks, showed that Singaporeans spend an average of 3.29 hours each week on property-related window shopping, reading property magazines, and searching online listings, even if they are not looking to purchase a new home.
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"It turns online window shopping into a social experience," the company said.
Kick up your heels in downtown Venice, where Miami and Venice avenues offer window shopping and sophisticated restaurants like Made in Italy(and its adjoining martini bar) and Bushido Sushi Bac.
All visitors to the show will stand an equal chance regardless whether you close a deal, come to gather information, just enquiring or simply window shopping," said Sunil Jaiswal, chief executive officer of Sumansa Exhibitions.
It's fun when we go shopping, even if it's only window shopping. My Mum always had fashion magazines lying around the house when we were growing up.
Now imagine, walking into a retail store where you are in no hurry or just window shopping and being asked more than a hundred times by the shop assistants if you require their help or need anything.
STUART McCALL insists he won't be tempted into any last-minute transfer window shopping - despite seeing his SPL rivals strengthen their squads in recent days.
Offering a digital interpretation of window shopping, Imaginefashion.com enables fashion fans to view inside and outside stores from anywhere in the world, then offering the facility to click to purchase what they see, the Daily Mail reported.