something that cools off things
1. people (or whose behaviour) who look around a shop in a non-serious (or even mocking) manner, with no intention whatsoever to purchase an item or service there.
2. the act of making fun of someone
Its verb form is 冷やかす. Originally, it means “to look around women in a brothel just for fun and leave without spending money”. Therefore, it is still often used in that sense, but is also used for other things like entering a kimono shop, taking lots of pictures of the items, and leaving the store without buying anything.
It is often used in the phrase 冷やかしはお断り, meaning “冷やかし is not welcome”, i.e. “If you have no intention to buy something, please don’t come in”.
I feel irritated because there are lots of customers who enter my store just for fun and don’t buy anything.