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black marketnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌblæk ˈmɑː.kɪt/  us   /ˌblæk ˈmɑːr.kɪt/
illegal trading of goods that are not allowed to be bought and sold, or that there are not enough of for everyone who wants them: During the war, they bought food on the black market. They blamed high taxes for the growth of a black market in cigarettes.
black marketeer
noun [C] uk   us  
(Definition of black market from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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black marketnoun [C/U]

 /ˈblæk ˈmɑr·kɪt/
an illegal trade in goods or money: [U] You can sell dollars on the black market.
(Definition of black market from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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black marketnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us   COMMERCE
an illegal system in which products that are difficult or expensive to buy legally are bought and sold: Tickets were selling for up to $800 on the black market.black market in sth There is a growing black market in fake branded goods.black market for sth Gunmakers have been accused of feeding a black market for illegal handguns.
an illegal system in which workers are employed for very low wages: Some unscrupulous employers take workers on the black market to avoid paying the minimum wage.
(Definition of black market from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “black market”
in Chinese (Simplified) 黑市,非法交易市场…
in Turkish kara borsa…
in Russian черный рынок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 黑市,非法交易市場…
in Polish czarny rynek…
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