shell company

noun commerce

a near-defunct company, esp one with a stock-exchange listing, used as a vehicle for a thriving company
a company that has ceased to trade but retains its registration and is sold for a small sum to enable its new owners to avoid the cost and trouble of registering a new company

Nearby words

  1. shelfware,
  2. shelikof strait,
  3. shell,
  4. shell back,
  5. shell bean,
  6. shell game,
  7. shell gland,
  8. shell jacket,
  9. shell out,
  10. shell pink

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