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What is the French phrase for "window shopping"?

Would be glad to know its origin, if possible, the word etymology. Where is it derived from?

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    That is no question for the FSE; the answer is in any English-French dictionary. for example; dictionnaire.reverso.net/anglais-francais/window%20shopping/… – LPH Nov 16 '18 at 9:22
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    If that's what you want, you should first find the translation and then phrasse your question according to your wish; check the column thouroughly, it's at the bottom; moreover I do find the term also in a Harrap dictionary (paper). – LPH Nov 16 '18 at 9:32
  • No problem, Good Luck! – LPH Nov 16 '18 at 9:34
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The common equivalent idiom is faire du lèche-vitrines (literally, "licking the windows of the shops").

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    M'étant permis de dégager le tag ancien-français de la question, je précise juste : Les ngrams le datent de 1946, sa première apparition dans un dictionnaire de 1959, le premier roman dans lequel je le trouve de 1970. – aCOSwt Nov 16 '18 at 9:21
  • Merci beaucoup! – yeppe Nov 16 '18 at 9:31

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