- to black-marketeer.
- to sell (something) in the black market.
Origin of black-market
First recorded in 1930–35; v. use 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.
Origin of black market
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for black-market
On the street level, black-market banks in China never advertise their enterprise.Inside China's Underground Black Market Banks
February 26, 2014
The black-market channels which ferry ivory from poachers are often the same used for illegal arms, drugs, and trafficked labor.Clinton Unites African Leaders in Her Crusade Against Poaching
September 26, 2013
Would he mind, she wondered, carrying the package of black-market tea that she was bringing her mother?World War II’s Most Glamorous Spy: Christine Granville
July 7, 2013
On the black-market, Iranian moneylenders peg the real exchange rate far higher, at more than 35,000 rials per dollar.Sanctions Are Causing Inflation in Iran and Harming Its Economy
October 23, 2012
Siddiqui is suspected of dealing with $19 million worth of black-market diamonds to pay for al Qaeda attacks.Judging 'JihadJane'
March 17, 2010
- any system in which goods or currencies are sold and bought illegally, esp in violation of controls or rationing
- (as modifier)black market lamb
- the place where such a system operates
- to sell (goods) on the black market
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Word Origin and History for black-market
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