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English definition of “black market”

black market

noun [C usually singular]    
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 .Buying and selling in generalTrafficking and racketeering black marketeer     noun [C] People who sell thingsTraders, merchants and entrepreneursMiscellaneous criminals
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