retail therapy (REE-tayl THER-uh-pee) noun
Shopping as a means of comfort, relaxation, or cheering up.
"Purchase a bauble and count the Rollses parked with motors running
while the drivers wait for Madame and the packages from her afternoon
blitz of retail therapy."
Laura Kelly, Florida; A Palm Beach Survival Guide, The Washington Post,
Nov 8, 1987.
This week's theme: new words in the OED.
You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one
phrase: make use of suffering. -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and