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black market

n.
1. The illegal business of buying or selling currency or goods banned by a government or subject to governmental control, such as price controls or rationing.
2. A place where such illegal business is carried on.

black′-mar′ket adj.
black′-mar′ket·er (-tər), black′-mar′ket·eer′ (-tîr′) n.
black′-mar′ket·eer′ing n.

black market

n
1. (Commerce)
a. any system in which goods or currencies are sold and bought illegally, esp in violation of controls or rationing
b. (as modifier): black market lamb.
2. (Commerce) the place where such a system operates
vb
(Commerce) to sell (goods) on the black market
black marketeer n

black′ mar′ket


n.
1. the illicit buying and selling of goods in violation of legal price controls, rationing, etc.
2. a place where such activity is carried on.
[1930–35]

black′-mar′ket


v.i.
1. to buy and sell goods in the black market.
v.t.
2. to sell in the black market.
[1930–35]
black′ marketeer′, black′ mar′keter, n.

black market

Economic activity (e.g. trading and currency exchange) that is not taxed and is not recorded as part of National Income.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black market - people who engage in illicit trade
market - the customers for a particular product or service; "before they publish any book they try to determine the size of the market for it"
black marketeer - someone who engages illegally in trade in scarce or controlled commodities
2.black market - an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controlsblack market - an illegal market in which goods or currencies are bought and sold in violation of rationing or controls
market, marketplace, market place - the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold; "without competition there would be no market"; "they were driven from the marketplace"
Verb1.black market - deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
ply, run - travel a route regularly; "Ships ply the waters near the coast"
merchandise, trade - engage in the trade of; "he is merchandising telephone sets"
Translations
السّوقُ السَّوْداء
černý trh
musta pörssi
feketepiac
svartur markaîur
čierny trh
kara borsa

black market

nmercato nero; (in wartime) → borsa nera
on the black market → al mercato nero, alla borsa nera

black

(blӕk) adjective
1. of the colour in which these words are printed. black paint.
2. without light. a black night; The night was black and starless.
3. dirty. Your hands are black!; black hands from lifting coal.
4. without milk. black coffee.
5. evil. black magic.
6. (often offensive. currently acceptable in the United States, South Africa etc) Negro, of African, West Indian descent.
7. (especially South Africa) coloured; of mixed descent (increasingly used by people of mixed descent to refer to themselves).
noun
1. the colour in which these words are printed. Black and white are opposites.
2. something (eg paint) black in colour. I've used up all the black.
3. (often with capital. often offensive: currently acceptable in the United states, South Africa etc) a Negro; a person of African, West Indian etc descent.
verb
to make black.
ˈblackness noun
ˈblacken verb
1. to make or become black. The sky blackened before the storm.
2. to make to seem bad. She blackened his character.
3. to clean with black polish. He blackened his boots.
black art/magic
magic performed for evil reasons. He tries to practise black magic.
ˈblackbird noun
a dark-coloured bird of the thrush family.
ˈblackboard noun
a dark-coloured board for writing on in chalk (used especially in schools).
black box
a built-in machine for automatic recording of the details of a plane's flight. They found the black box two miles away from the wreckage of the crashed plane.
the Black Death noun
the plague that killed large numbers of people in Europe in the 14th to 18th centuries.
black eye
an eye with bad bruising around it (eg from a punch). George gave me a black eye.
ˈblackhead noun
a small black-topped lump in a pore of the skin, especially of the face.
ˈblacklist noun
a list of people who are out of favour etc.
verb
to put (a person etc) on such a list.
ˈblackmail verb
to obtain money illegally from (a person), usually by threatening to make known something which the victim wants to keep secret.
noun
the act of blackmailing. money got by blackmail.
ˈblackmailer noun
Black Maria (məˈraiə)
a prison van. The policeman took the three suspects to the police station in a Black Maria.
black market
(a place for) the illegal buying and selling, at high prices, of goods that are scarce, rationed etc. coffee on the black market.
black marketeer
a person who sells goods on the black market.
ˈblackout noun
1. a period of darkness produced by putting out all lights. Accidents increase during a blackout.
2. a ban (on news etc). a blackout of news about the coup.
3. a period of unconsciousness. He has had several blackouts during his illness.
4. a brief, temporary loss of memory, as when an actor forgets his/her lines.
5. (also outage) a period of a general power failure.
6. (in the theatre) the putting out of the stage lights at the end of a scene etc.
black sheep
a member of a family or group who is unsatisfactory in some way. My brother is the black sheep of the family.
ˈblacksmith noun
a person who makes and repairs by hand things made of iron. The blacksmith made a new shoe for the horse.
black and blue
badly bruised. After the fight the boy was all black and blue.
black out
to lose consciousness. He blacked out for almost a minute.
in black and white
in writing or print. Would you put that down in black and white?
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While special blacks are a minor segment of the overall carbon black market as measured in tonnage, they command considerably higher per-kilogram prices than commodity furnace blacks, and thus will continue to be the focus of research and development activity.
In July 2001, the United Nations convened a panel focusing on the black market trade in small arms and light weapons.
Early one sunny April morning in 1947, Shukan Asahi journalist Akiyama Yoshinori boarded a black market train (yami ressha) in Chiba City to examine firsthand life in the black market (yami ichi).
Considerable sales of pharmaceutical products in black market has been at the expense of sales by drug stores and dispensaries.
It shows how a new generation of black market suppliers have helped turn the former Soviet bloc into a weapons warehouse for outlaw regimes, insurgencies, and terrorist groups.
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