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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, on

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

drug on the market

Something that is not in great demand because it is abundantly available. Mobile phones are a drug on the market these days, which is why they're so affordable.
See also: drug, market, on

glut on the market

Something that is not in great demand because it is abundantly available. Mobile phones are a glut on the market these days, which is why they're so affordable.
See also: glut, market, on

market day

The day on which a public market is scheduled to take place. There's no farmer's market during the week because Saturday is market day.
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cattle market

1. A typically public place where one goes to find potential sexual partners. Almost always used in a negative way. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Our college's student bar is such a cattle 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 cattle markets for single people.
2. A place or situation in which people are gathered, displayed, and appraised for their looks or abilities, akin to cattle being valued in a market. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. These summer training camps are really just cattle markets for college football recruiters to find the most promising up-and-coming players. The restaurant is an oddity, a cattle market that only hires women for their large busts.
See also: cattle, market

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, on

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, on

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.
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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, on

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.
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on the market

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

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
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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, on

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]
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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, on

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.
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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, on

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 ?
The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe.
These labourers, who must sell themselves piece-meal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market.
The Wall Street* group turned the stock market into a maelstrom where the values of all the land crumbled away almost to nothingness.
Here are two licences permitting two pigs to go to market in Lancashire.
This pig went to market, this pig stayed at home, "This pig had a bit of meat-- let's see what they have given US for dinner, Pigling?
If you had succeeded in lumping those shares upon the market to-day or to-morrow, you know very well what the result would have been.
As time went by, Freddie Drummond found himself more frequently crossing the Slot and losing himself in South of Market.
They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole.
In well-ordered States they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose; their duty is to be in the market, and to give money in exchange for goods to those who desire to sell and to take money from those who desire to buy.
First, never to be intoxicated when he hath made the best bargain, nor dejected when the market is empty, or when its commodities are too dear for his purchase.
The idea of comparing the market at Bruges with those of Dublin, although she had suggested it herself, caused immense scorn and derision on her part.
Ye'll remember like a good soul, won't ye, that the market price is dreffle high just now?
If it's good land down there where you're going, then the market is inaccessible.
She would take her stand in market-places, where there were such things, on market days; at other times, in the busiest (that was seldom very busy) portion of the little quiet High Street; at still other times she would explore the outlying roads for great houses, and would ask leave at the Lodge to pass in with her basket, and would not often get it.
A few paces beyond the last market garden stood a tavern, a big tavern, which had always aroused in him a feeling of aversion, even of fear, when he walked by it with his father.