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scalp

 (skălp)
n.
1. The skin covering the top of the human head.
2. A portion of this skin with its attached hair, cut from a body especially as a battle trophy or as proof in claiming a bounty.
3. A piece of hide from the skull of certain animals, such as the fox, shown as proof of killing in order to collect a bounty.
v. scalped, scalp·ing, scalps
v.tr.
1. To cut or tear the scalp from.
2. To deprive of top growth or a top layer: land scalped by strip miners.
3. To resell at a price higher than the established value: scalping tickets to the baseball game.
4. To buy and sell (securities or commodities) in order to make small quick profits.
v.intr.
1. To engage in the reselling of something, such as tickets, at a price higher than the established value.
2. To buy and sell securities or commodities for small quick profits.

[Middle English, top of the head, of Scandinavian origin; see skel- in Indo-European roots.]

scalp′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scalper - someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial costscalper - someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial cost; "he got theater tickets through a scalper"
plunger, speculator - someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
ticket tout, tout - someone who buys tickets to an event in order to resell them at a profit
Translations

scalper

[ˈskælpəʳ] N (US) → revendedor(a) m/f

scalper

[ˈskælpər] n (US) (= ticket tout) → revendeur/euse m/f de billets

scalper

[ˈskælpəʳ] n (Am) (fam) (of tickets) → bagarino
References in classic literature ?
There’s them that says you’re an Indian, and a scalper, but you’ve served me a good turn, and you may set me down for a friend; thof it would have been more ship shape like to lower the bight of a rope or running bowline below me, than to seize an old seaman by his head-lanyard; but I suppose you are used to taking men by the hair, and seeing you did me good instead of harm thereby, why, it’s the same thing, d'ye see?
Scalper bots relentlessly check retail websites planning sales on hot toys to determine if pages go live a few seconds ahead of schedule, according to Iluz.
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Police accuse Whelan of being a main source of World Cup tickets that were sold to an Algerian national they say is the biggest scalper for the sport's marquee tournament.
One scalper in his 40s outside Beijing's other store in the busy Xidan shopping district, who gave his name as Deng, said he was seeking a markup of 1,000 yuan ($160).
Shortly after, Pensa and DiBerardino talked about creating a simple tool that would only allow real fans to get event tickets without turning the average fan into a ticket broker or scalper.
He bought a ticket from a scalper near a restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr.
What type of craftsman would use a tool called a scalper or scorper?
You wouldn't see them forking out pounds 80 for a pair of wellies off some scalper at Glastonbury.
We should do good business tonight because Serena's playing,'' said a scalper, who preferred not to identify himself.
In April, an airline employee and a ticket scalper were sentenced to 18 months in jail each for their role in the bombings.