Definition of Bucket shop

1. Noun. An unethical or overly aggressive brokerage firm.

2. Noun. (formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket.
Generic synonyms: Tap House, Tavern

Definition of Bucket shop

1. Noun. (context: finance pejorative obsolete) A stockbroking firm which takes small orders from 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. ¹

2. Noun. (context: pejorative finance) A stockbroking firm which sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that company or its owners. ¹

3. Noun. (context: travel dated) a travel agency selling discounted airfares, usually in defiance of existing minimum fare arrangements. Now usually refers to any small cheap agency. ¹

4. Noun. (legal) a legal services firm selling heavily discounted legal services and documents made in large volume from boilerplate text and clauses, sometimes as a white labelled loss leader ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bucket Shop

bucket-handle incision
bucket-handle tear
bucket along
bucket bong
bucket bongs
bucket brigade
bucket chemistry
bucket down
bucket hat
bucket list
bucket lists
bucket naked
bucket seat
bucket seats
bucket shop (current term)
bucket shops
bucketed down
bucketing down
buckets down

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