the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc.
a place where such activity is carried on.
Other definitions for black-market (2 of 2)
to sell (something) in the black market.
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How to use black market in a sentence
The Arabs offered the Nazis a haven, as well as a market for all their nefarious dealings in arms and black market currency.
In the last days of the Soviet Union, there was a going black market in burned-out light-bulbs.
While the end of prohibition brought an end to the alcohol black market in America, the ubiquity of it brought its own problems.
Inside the country's only wildlife forensics lab, where scientists hunt down black-market animal smugglers.
Poaching fell off dramatically, and the black market price of ivory dropped.
It seemed to her that the men might be identified through black market operators with whom they must have dealings.Ghost Beyond the Gate | Mildred A. Wirt
Nothing very reliable was available in the black market without more notice.Shock Treatment | Stanley Mullen
Even the most respectable businessmen were doing occasional business with the black market in technological devices.
Vernon Trask was the go-between for some of the biggest black market operators in the country.
There still were crooks who thought that the black market dealt in stolen goods of that sort.
British Dictionary definitions for black market
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
- black marketeer, noun
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Cultural definitions for black market
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