black market

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Ca. 1930, probably a calque of German Schwarzmarkt, which is attested from the 1910s. Compare Schwärzer (smuggler, 18th c.).


black market (plural black markets)

  1. trade that is in violation of restrictions, rationing, or price controls
    • 2004, Carlin, George, “THE FANATICS WILL WIN”, in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?[1], New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, OCLC 757869006, OL 24604921M, page 135:
      Peace and order will not be tolerated. Start saving your cash for the black market, folks, you're gonna need it.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[2]
      In District 12, a dirt-poor coal-mining community that looks like a Dorothea Lange photograph, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) quietly rebels against the system by hunting game in a forbidden area with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and trading it on the black market.
  2. the people who engage in such trade (considered as a group), or that sector of the economy

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