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sorry gift
 n.— «Because guilt over spending is playing a big role in the sales downturn, he teaches salespeople to suggest a “sorry gift”—of another timepiece—for a wife who might be disappointed that her husband just dropped a sizable sum on his own wrist.» —“How to Sell a $35,000 Watch in a Recession” by Christina Binkley Wall Street Journal Aug. 4, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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