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noun [singular] economics black market pronunciation in American English
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singularblack market
pluralblack markets
  1. the illegal buying and selling of goods, especially when it is difficult or expensive to obtain them legally

    There’s a thriving black market in vodka and cigarettes.

    on the black market:

    Rhino horns can fetch up to $5,000 on the black market.

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black marketeer

 black market pronunciation in American English noun [countable]
Word Forms
singularblack marketeer
pluralblack marketeers


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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