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have a corner on the market

To exclusively control the supply or sale of a particular product or service, or to do so much more successfully than anyone else. Through clever and aggressive marketing, they were able to have a corner on the market in coffee shops across the Pacific Northwest.
See also: corner, have, market

flea market

A typically outdoor market or bazaar where sundry goods, antiques, household items, or trinkets are sold, bartered, or traded. Possibly from the French marché aux puces, a name given to an outdoor market in Paris where second-hand goods were sold. I love our town's local flea market— you never know what you might find there!
See also: flea, market

meat market

1. A typically public place where one goes to find potential sexual partners. Primarily heard in US. Our college's student bar is such a meat market on the weekends. It seems like everyone I know has hooked up with at least one person there. Everyone knows that the clubs on Leeson Street are just meat markets for single people.
2. A location where people are gathered, displayed, and appraised for their looks or abilities, akin to cattle being valued in a market. Primarily heard in US. These summer training camps are really just meat markets for college football recruiters to find the most promising up-and-coming players. The restaurant is an oddity, a meat market that only hires women for their large busts.
See also: market, meat

drive (one's) pigs to market

To snore. I can't get any sleep with Will driving his pigs to market every night—I think it's time for him to see a doctor about his snoring.
See also: drive, market, pig

corner the market on something

 and corner the something market
Fig. to develop or obtain a monopoly of something. The company sought to corner the market on frozen yogurt. Standard Oil had the oil market cornered at the end of the nineteenth century.
See also: corner, market

a drug on the market

 and a glut on the market
something that is on the market in great abundance. Right now, small computers are a drug on the market. Twenty years ago, small transistor radios were a glut on the market.
See also: drug, market

find oneself in the market

(for something) Go to in the market (for something).
See also: find, market

*in the market (for something)

Fig. wanting to buy something. (*Typically: be ~; find oneself ~.) I'm in the market for a new camera. If you have a boat for sale, we're in the market.
See also: market

like a blind dog in a meat market

Rur. out of control. The drunk staggered out of the saloon like a blind dog in a meat market, stumbling all over the sidewalk. The kids tore through the museum like a blind dog in a meat market, touching everything they weren't supposed to touch.
See also: blind, dog, like, market, meat

*on the market

openly available for sale. (*Typically: be ~; get something ~; put something ~.) We put our house on the market last year and it still hasn't sold.
See also: market

play the (stock) market

to invest in the stock market. (As if it were a game or as if it were gambling.) Would you rather put your money in the bank or play the market? I've learned my lesson playing the market. I lost a fortune.
See also: market, play

price someone or something out of the market

to raise or lower a price and drive someone or something out of the marketplace. You are a very good singer, but your agent has priced you out of the market. The discount prices posted by the chain store were meant to price us out of the market.
See also: market, of, out, price

corner the market

also have a corner on the market
to control the supply or sale of a particular product The company tried to corner the market on several types of computer software.
See also: corner, market

in the market for something

interested in buying something I'm not in the market for a car at the moment.
See also: market

on the market

for sale We put our house on the market last spring.
See also: market

play the market

to try to earn money by buying and selling shares in companies These traders are people who play the market for profit.
See also: market, play

the bottom drops/falls out of the market

if the bottom drops out of the market of a product, people stop buying it The bottom fell out of the art market and dealers were left with hundreds of unsaleable paintings.
See also: bottom, drop, market, of, out

corner the market

to become so successful at selling or making a particular product that almost no one else sells or makes it They've more or less cornered the fast-food market - they're in every big city in the country.
See also: corner, market

a cattle market

  (British, American & Australian informal) also a meat market (American & Australian informal)
a place where people go to see sexually attractive women or to find sexual partners Beauty contests are just cattle markets. That new nightclub called The Venue is awful - it's a real meat market.
See also: cattle, market

be in the market for something

to be interested in buying something and to have the money to be able to do so As lovely as it is, we're really not in the market for a five-bedroomed house.
See corner the market
See also: market

corner the market

Buy all or most of a commodity or stock so that its price goes up. For example, In a famous maneuver the Hunt brothers cornered the market in silver. This idiom uses corner in the sense of "drive would-be buyers into a corner." [Early 1800s]
See also: corner, market

drug on the market

A commodity whose supply greatly exceeds the demand for it. For example, Now that asbestos is considered dangerous, asbestos tile is a drug on the market. The use of the noun drug in the sense of "something overabundant" (as opposed to a medicine or narcotic) dates from the mid-1600s, but the first record of the full expression, put as drug in the market, dates only from the 1830s.
See also: drug, market

flea market

A market, usually held outdoors, where used goods and antiques are sold. For example, We picked up half of our furniture at flea markets. The term is a direct translation of the French marché aux puces and presumably implies that some of the used clothes and furniture might be flea-infested. [1920s]
See also: flea, market

in the market for

Wanting to possess, eager to have, seeking. For example, The crowd was in the market for more entertainment, or I'm sure he's in the market for another fast car. [Early 1900s]
See also: market

on the market

For sale; also, available for buying. For example, We've put the boat on the market, or This is the only tandem bicycle on the market right now. This phrase, first put as in the market, dates from the late 1600s; the first recorded use of the phrase with on was in 1891. Also see drug on the market.
See also: market

play the market

Trade in securities in order to make money, as in He is always playing the market with only mixed results. This term uses play in the sense of "gamble," a usage dating from about 1500.
See also: market, play

price out of the market

Charge so much for a product or service that no one will buy it, as in Asking $10 each for those old records is pricing yourself out of the market. [First half of 1900s]
See also: market, of, out, price

slave market

n. a job market where many candidates for jobs come face to face with potential employers. I gotta go to the annual slave market this year. We’re hiring for a change.
See also: market, slave

spot market

n. the open market where deals are made on the spot. (Securities markets.) Oil reached nearly fifty-five dollars a barrel on the spot market.
See also: market, spot

in the market

Interested in buying: We are in the market for a used car.
See also: market

on the market

1. Available for buying: Many kinds of seasonal flowers are on the market.
2. Up for sale: They put the family business on the market.
See also: market

price out of the market

To eliminate the demand for (goods or services) by setting prices too high.
See also: market, of, out, price
References in classic literature ?
by himself in a crowded market, to be stared at, pushed, and hired by some big strange farmer was very disagreeable--
Peter Thomas Piperson, came with a lantern and a hamper to catch six fowls to take to market in the morning.
It crossed Pigling's mind that if HE had asked for a lift, too, he might still have been in time for market.
On the one hand inforced destruction of a mass of productive forces; on the other, by the conquest of new markets, and by the more thorough exploitation of the old ones.
Many policemen crawled under the coal waggon for safety, while the loose horses, with here and there a policeman on their backs or struggling at their heads to hold them, surged across the sidewalk opposite the jam and broke into Market Street.
And she in the motor-car, watching, saw the pair cross Market Street, cross the Slot, and disappear down Third Street into the labour ghetto.
They've got to sell, for the Japs control the labor market and could bankrupt them at will.
At the tables and the barrows, at the booths and the shops, all the market people were closing their establishments or clearing away and packing up their wares and, like their customers, were going home.
There are now millions of reasons to market to multicultural markets--nearly 80 million to be exact.
According to an article in the Seattle-based Puget Sound Business Journal, disposable income of Hispanic-Americans is increasing three times faster than disposable income in the general market, while the approximately 7 million Asian-American consumers represent nearly $225 billion in purchasing power.
It also prohibits the Board from approving a proposed bank acquisition that would substantially lessen competition in any relevant banking market unless the anticompetitive effects of the proposal clearly are outweighed in the public interest by its probable effect in meeting the convenience and needs of the community to be served.
Kerry Hubbard, market research manager, Bayer CropScience Inc.
The Hollywood Stock Exchange, a Web-based virtual market that makes predictions about Hollywood stars and movies, correctly guessed 35 of last year's 40 Oscar nominees in the main categories.
MGIC's MTI is based on the Market Trend Analysis Report produced quarterly by MGIC's Credit Policy Department using lagging three-month market data from 73 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).