blockbusting

noun
block·​bust·​ing | \ ˈbläk-ˌbə-stiŋ How to pronounce blockbusting (audio) \

Definition of blockbusting

: profiteering by inducing property owners to sell hastily and often at a loss by appeals to fears of depressed values because of threatened minority encroachment and then reselling at inflated prices

Examples of blockbusting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest exploration of this general theme comes via the blockbusting bestseller The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig, in which Nora, the protagonist, attempts to kill herself one evening. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 The notorious blockbusting schemes of the postwar period provide just one example of how real estate has actively courted racial tension in the service of profit. Colin Kinniburgh, New Republic, 9 Aug. 2017 Carter led protests against the Baltimore real estate tycoon Morris Goldseker, whom Carter and other activists accused of blockbusting — a practice through which developers stoked racial fears to increase profits. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of blockbusting

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blockbusting was in 1954

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“Blockbusting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blockbusting. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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blockbusting

noun
block·​bust·​ing

Legal Definition of blockbusting

: profiteering by inducing property owners to sell hastily and often at a loss by appeals to fears of lowered values because of threatened minority encroachment and then reselling at inflated prices

Note: Many states have statutes prohibiting blockbusting by real estate agents.

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