from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A fraudulent brokerage operation in which orders to buy and sell are accepted but no executions take place. Instead, the operators expect to profit when customers close out their positions at a loss.
- noun A business, such as a travel agency, that buys unsold tickets and resells them at a discount.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An establishment conducted nominally for the transaction of a stock-exchange business, or a business of similar character, but really for the registration of bets or wagers, usually for small amounts, on the rise or fall of the prices of stocks, grain, oil, etc., there being no transfer or delivery of the stocks or commodities nominally dealt in.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- Slang, U.S. An office or a place where facilities are given for betting small sums on current prices of stocks, petroleum, etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun finance, pejorative, obsolete A
stockbroking firmwhich takes small ordersfrom clients and takes them on its own account rather than actually transmitting them to the market. Prevalent in the US 1870s to 1920s; often setup as shop-fronts in the 1920s.
- noun pejorative, finance A
stockbroking firmwhich sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that companyor its owners.
- noun travel, dated a
travel agencyselling discounted airfares, usually in defianceof existing minimum fare arrangements. Now usually refers to any small cheap agency.
- noun law a legal services firm selling heavily discounted legal services and documents made in large volume from
boilerplatetext and clauses, sometimes as a white labelled loss leader
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an unethical or overly aggressive brokerage firm
- noun (formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From bucket shop, a saloon selling small amounts of liquor in buckets, from its resemblance to the forerunner of such brokerage operations, which dealt in small units of stocks and commodities.]
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bucket + shop
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