1 of 2

intransitive verb

in stock speculation : to close the transactions previously made in a spreading operation
in stock speculation : to transfer a hedge from one market to another


2 of 2


: an arbitrage operation like a spread but performed when the difference in price between the two markets is less than the normal one

Word History


Intransitive verb

back entry 2 + spread

First Known Use

Intransitive Verb

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backspread was in 1933

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“Backspread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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