the black market

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
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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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dollar exchange rate on Monday has hit a new all-time high in the black market as the Sudanese pound (SDG) declined to 29.5 per dollar.
The total remittances of Egyptians in FY 2014/2015 reached $19bn, yet, a big part of that figure was sold on the black market prior to the floating of the pound, but returned to official channels after it.
A draft set of rules released Wednesday suggests that in its juggling act, the authority is in danger of dropping one important ball: the goal of moving the marijuana economy into the open, where it can be taxed and regulated, and away from the black market, where it helps finance criminal enterprises.
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"The instant response in the black market has been surprising," Hany Farahat, a senior economist at Cairo-based CI Capital, said by phone on Thursday.
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