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tout

verb uk   /taʊt/ us  

tout verb (MAKE KNOWN)

[T] to advertise, talk about, or praise something or someone repeatedly, especially as a way of encouraging people to like, accept, or buy something: The minister has been touting these ideas for some time. He is being widely touted as the next leader of the Social Democratic party. Several insurance companies are now touting their services/wares on local radio. [I] to repeatedly try to persuade people to buy your goods or services: There were hundreds of taxis at the airport, all touting for business/custom.

tout verb (SELL UNOFFICIALLY)

[T] UK ( US scalp) disapproving to sell tickets for something such as a sports game or theatre performance unofficially, usually at a much higher price than the official price: £30 seats for the match were being touted for £500.

tout

noun [C] uk   /taʊt/ UK ( US scalper) disapproving us  
a person who touts tickets: Britain's best-known ticket tout once boasted that he could get you tickets for anything.
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