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impulse buy

noun [C]    
something that you buy suddenly and without thinking carefully : I hadn't intended to get one - it was an impulse buy .BuyingFeelings of desire impulse buying     noun [U] the act of buying something that you had not planned to buy , because you suddenly want it when you see it: They display chocolates next to supermarket checkouts to encourage impulse buying .Feelings of desire
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