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English definition of “widow-and-orphan stock”

widow-and-orphan stock

noun [C or U]
 
 
STOCK MARKET
shares that are considered to be very safe investments: AT&T had been known as the classic widow-and-orphan stock from the 1930s until the 1980s.
(Definition of widow-and-orphan stock from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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