Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who scalps, or takes a scalp.
- n. In milling, a machine or apparatus for scalping. A machine for removing the fuzz from the ends of grain, as wheat or rye, and for cleaning off the surface-impurities accumulated in the fuzz, and the dirt which gathers in the creases of the berries, called
crease-dirt. Such machines usually act by attrition upon the surfaces of the grain without crushing the latter.
- n. One who sells at less than official or recognized rates; specifically, a dealer in railway and other tickets who shares his commission with his customer, or who purchases unused tickets and coupons at cheap rates, and sells them at a slight advance, but for less than the official price; a ticket-broker.
- n. An instrument of surgery, used in scraping foul and carious bones; a raspatory.
- n. A heavy, compressed leather boot shaped to cover the forward portion of the cornet.
- n. In lumbering. See rosser.
- n. US One who scalps tickets to popular entertainment events: buying them in advance and then selling them (e.g. online or just outside the venue of the event), often at inflated prices
- n. finance A person on an open outcry exchange trading floor who buys and sells rapidly for his or her own account, aiming to buy from a seller and a little later sell to a buyer, making a small profit from the difference (roughly the amount of the bid/offer spread, or less).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, scalps.
- n. (Surg.) Same as Scalping iron, under Scalping.
- n. Cant A broker who, dealing on his own account, tries to get a small and quick profit from slight fluctuations of the market.
- n. Cant A person who buys and sells the unused parts of railroad tickets.
- n. someone who buys something and resells it at a price far above the initial cost
“Plus, it's the hottest ticket in town, but getting a ticket to the Obama inauguration from a scalper could be a federal crime.”
“As more seats go to season-ticket holders, big-business and special-interest groups, Somebody Real Important has become the ticket broker (or, watch your mouth, "scalper"), the one who frees up the precious booty and gets it into circulation pronto.”
“A blade or "scalper" removes a strip of surface soil to clear away weed growth.”
“There is no reason to fear someone called a "scalper" at a Laker game.”
“How effective is the Burgess proposal - almost all elements of it result in subjective determination: abusive language; so the ticket scalper who asks me three times in a loud voice for my extra; does that fall under the abusive part of the ordinance.”
“As we approached the ticket line, we were met by an unusual scalper: a woman, in a bikini, carrying a toddler on her hip.”
“(Something I might have done, too, back at the ticket line, when the mama-scalper had offered us the discounted ticket.)”
“A few more children were in tow of the bikinied scalper, who explained that her friend hadn't shown up and now she was stuck with an extra ticket.”
“The psst-hey-buddy guy may not be the image the new "ticket broker" industry wishes to be associated with—and, goodness knows, one needs to make sure the curbside tickets are legit—but maybe these days dealing with the low-tech scalper is one's best hope of not getting scalped.”
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