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  • noun Plural form of regrater.

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Examples

  • Then, as now, there were complaints that the privations of the poor were increased by the covetousness of the hucksters, and "regraters"

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866

  • (3 Oct., 1709) to put the law in force against all engrossers, forestallers and regraters of corn.

    London and the Kingdom - Volume II

  • Political economy has taught us that those old bugbears of the statute law called forestallers and regraters are eminent benefactors, in as far as their mercenary instincts enable them to see scarcity from afar, and induce them to "hold on" precisely so long as it lasts but no longer, since, if they have stock remaining on hand when abundance returns, they will be losers.

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author

  • A proclamation was issued for enforcing the law against forestallers and regraters, but as the price of all articles rose, and the city of London made a representation to the throne respecting large orders for wheat which had been received from the continent, another was issued prohibiting its exportation.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

  • Resolved, that the committee for courts of justice enquire into the expediency of re-enacting the act of October 1777, concerning engrossers, regraters and forestallers, or so much thereof as may be applicable to the present state of the country.

    Journal of the House of Delegates of the State of Virginia, for the Session of 1861-62

  • Hang him! hang all regraters -- hang the forestalling dog!

    The Saint's Tragedy

  • Grains do grow, they lie extant there in sheaf or sack; only that regraters and Royalist plotters, to provoke the people into illegality, obstruct the transport of grains.

    The French Revolution

  • The fact was otherwise no doubt, with regard to those who pocketed the profit, which went in part only to farmers, and the rest went to the monopolists, dealers, regraters, forestallers, &c.

    An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations. Designed To Shew How The Prosperity Of The British Empire May Be Prolonged

  • "Yea, friend," I said, "but in those latter days all power shall be in the hands of these foul swine, and they shall be the rulers of all; therefore, hearken, for I tell thee that times of plenty shall in those days be the times of famine, and all shall pray for the prices of wares to rise, so that the forestallers and regraters may thrive, and that some of their well-doing may overflow on to those on whom they live."

    A Dream of John Ball and a King's Lesson

  • "Yea, friend," I said, "but in those latter days all power shall be in the hands of these foul swine, and they shall be the rulers of all; therefore, hearken, for I tell thee that times of plenty shall in those days be the times of famine, and all shall pray for the prices of wares to rise, so that the forestallers and regraters may thrive, and that some of their well-doing may overflow on to those on whom they live."

    A Dream of John Ball; and, a king's lesson

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