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noun

Stock Exchange. an unsound, unethical, or overly aggressive brokerage house.
Slang. any shady commercial agency, as one dealing in illegally priced theater tickets.

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Origin of bucket shop

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; originally a cheap drinking establishment, allegedly so called because liquor was mixed or sold in buckets
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bucket shop

noun

an unregistered firm of stockbrokers that engages in speculation with clients' funds
mainly British any small business that cannot be relied upon, esp one selling cheap airline tickets
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