black market

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Definition of black market

the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc.
a place where such activity is carried on.
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Origin of black market

First recorded in 1930–35

Other definitions for black market (2 of 2)

[ blak-mahr-kit ]
/ ˈblækˈmɑr kɪt /

verb (used without object)
to black-marketeer.
verb (used with object)
to sell (something) in the black market.

Origin of black-market

First recorded in 1930–35; v. use of black market
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British Dictionary definitions for black market

black market

  1. any system in which goods or currencies are sold and bought illegally, esp in violation of controls or rationing
  2. (as modifier)black market lamb
the place where such a system operates
verb black-market
to sell (goods) on the black market

Derived forms of black market

black marketeer, noun
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Cultural definitions for black market

black market

The illegal buying and selling of goods above the price fixed by a government. Black markets usually develop when, because of war, disaster, or public policy, a government tries to set prices for commodities instead of allowing the normal operations of supply and demand to set prices.

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