Meaning of “widow-and-orphan stock” in the English Dictionary

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"widow-and-orphan stock" in Business English

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widow-and-orphan stocknoun [ C or U ]

uk us 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)