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black market
American English: /ˈblæk ˈmɑrkət/

Translation of black market in Spanish:


  • estraperlo (masculine) (esp Spain)
    to buy/sell something on the black market
    comprar/vender algo en el mercado negro
    the black market in foreign exchange
    el mercado negro de divisas
    el mercado paralelo de divisas (esp Latin America)
    (before noun) black market goods/cigarettes
    del mercado negro
    del mercado paralelo (esp Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • Keeping drugs illegal not only costs billions in enforcement, but loses billions in tax revenue by keeping the drug trade a black-market affair.
    • Investigators concluded that the colonel enlisted his men in a black-market currency scheme that netted him tens of thousands of dollars.
    • But like drugs, and alcohol during Prohibition, black-market contraband always provides a means to acquire whatever is the forbidden fruit of the moment.
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