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.).

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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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