Definition of bucket shop in English:

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bucket shop

Pronunciation: /ˈbəkət ˌSHäp/


informal, derogatory
An unauthorized office for speculating in stocks or currency using the funds of unwitting investors.
Example sentences
  • The Iowa Electronic Market, which runs a kind of a legal bucket shop in political candidacies, has restructured its presidential futures market.
  • In the real world, I think that kind of unauthorized trading would meet the legal definition of a bucket shop.
  • What worked at the bucket shops didn't play on Wall Street. Within six months of the start of his legitimate trading career Livermore was wiped out.

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Syllabification: buck·et shop

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