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"black market" in British English

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black marketnoun [C usually singular]

uk   us  
illegaltrading 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 ​boughtfood on theblackmarket. They ​blamed high ​taxes for the ​growth of a ​blackmarket incigarettes.
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 ​illegaltrade in ​goods or ​money: [U] You can ​selldollars 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 ​illegalsystem in which ​products that are difficult or ​expensive to ​buylegally are ​bought and ​sold: Tickets were ​selling for up to $800 on the ​blackmarket.black market in sth There is a ​growingblackmarket in fake ​brandedgoods.black market for sth Gunmakers have been ​accused of ​feeding a ​blackmarket for ​illegal handguns.
an ​illegalsystem in which ​workers are ​employed for very ​lowwages: Some ​unscrupulousemployers take ​workers on the ​blackmarket to ​avoidpaying the ​minimumwage.
(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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