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noun [singular] economics     black market pronunciation in British 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 £4,000 on the black market.

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black marketeer

     black marketeer pronunciation in British English
noun [countable]
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singularblack marketeer
pluralblack marketeers
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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