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The practice of selling shares of a company back to existing shareholders at a price substantially higher than that at which they were bought in exchange for discontinuing a hostile takeover.

[green, money + (black)mail.]

green′mail′ v.
green′mail′er n.


(Banking & Finance) (esp in the US) the practice of a company buying sufficient shares in another company to threaten takeover and making a quick profit as a result of the threatened company buying back its shares at a higher price
[C20: a blend of green (sense 8) or greenback (sense 2) + blackmail]



the practice of buying a large block of a company's stock so that the company is forced to repurchase the stock at inflated prices to avert a takeover.
[1980–85; green (in sense “money”) + (black) mail]
green′mail`er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.greenmail - (corporation) the practice of purchasing enough shares in a firm to threaten a takeover and thereby forcing the owners to buy those shares back at a premium in order to stay in business
porcupine provision, shark repellent - a measure undertaken by a corporation to discourage unwanted takeover attempts
corp, corporation - a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state
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But her prize, who was forced to marry her, immediately goes to war after they are wed without so much as a goodbye kiss, though he does say that he will only really be hers if she has his child.
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After some groping and a goodbye kiss, the dude in the sun suit leaves and the girl goes back in the room.
What a wonderful photo of war horse Thomas puckering up for a goodbye kiss for his troop commander (Mirror, October 10).
Roseberry's rider WPC Shelley Watson had been with him five years and her goodbye kiss said it all.
A hug or a goodbye kiss is free of charge, so is holding hands.
This show was recorded at London's O2 arena and includes hits such as Fire, Days Are Forgotten, Goodbye Kiss and Thick as Thieves.
Music is provided by Kasabian, who perform their single Goodbye Kiss.
New single Days Are Forgotten is stunning, the title track insanely catchy, while ballad Goodbye Kiss - perhaps the most straight-up pop song the band has produced - and Rewired are also highlights.