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junk bond

noun, Finance.
any corporate bond with a low rating and a high yield, often involving high risk.
Origin of junk bond
First recorded in 1975-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for junk bonds

junk bond

(finance) a security that offers a high yield but often involves a high risk of default
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junk bonds in Culture

junk bonds definition

Technically known as bonds of “less than investment grade,” they are short-term, high-yield bonds. They were widely used in the 1980s to finance mergers, especially hostile ones.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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junk bond

noun phrase

A bond having high yield but relatively little security, used as a payment for one company by another in a corporate merger: Fed adopts ''Junk Bond'' curbs (mid-1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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