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black market

The business of buying or selling illegal or banned goods, currencies, or substances. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. Though they have been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to hold no medicinal properties, rhino horns are highly sought after on the black market. Illegally procured and distributed prescription medicines make up a surprisingly large percentage of black-market drug trade.
See also: black, market

the black ˈmarket

an illegal form of trade in which foreign money, or goods that are difficult to obtain, are bought and sold: Tickets for the game are being sold on the black market for $200 each. OPPOSITE: the open market
See also: black, market
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Leduc's biographers have noted that black-marketeering played a crucial part in her wartime contentment.
17) In sum, black-marketeering fell between a number of binary oppositions--collaboration/resistance, man/woman, self-serving crook/honest citizen, urban dweller/country dweller--by which individuals were defined during the Occupation.
From eve-teasing, murders, black-marketeering to a host of other anti-social activities, they do it all.
Through black-marketeering and smuggling, the children of communism are taking revenge against the West, which so often has sacrificed Poland on its Great Powers altar.
Those regional leaders had unusually long tenures, and the political machines they created were oiled by corruption, bribery, widespread black-marketeering and ethnic favoritism, particularly in personnel matters.
She also highlighted that successive failure of democratic set-ups in Pakistan has resulted in increased extremism and nuclear black-marketeering, which is threatening for the entire world.
If so, they would have good reason to think they have identified a winner: all of Leduc's autobiographical works revolve around the subjects of illegitimacy, homosexuality, bisexuality, voyeurism, abortion, prostitution, theft, mother-bashing, black-marketeering, betrayals, destructive love affairs, explicit sexual confessions, self-hate, physical ugliness, cruelty and self-avowed moral decay - traits that have recently become a passport to the bestseller lists.