blockbusting

noun
block·​bust·​ing | \ˈbläk-ˌbə-stiŋ \

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

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Rising to popularity early in their career, the 19-year-old caught mainstream attention for their portrayal of Rue in the blockbusting The Hunger Games franchise and were named as one of Time’s Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Gay in 'Wonderland' Interview," 18 June 2018 The game continued to start in a blockbusting fashion as Perin saved brilliantly from Gentiletti, preventing a second own goal in the game in the matter of minutes. SI.com, "Genoa 2-4 Juventus: Paolo Dybala Stars Again as Juve Come Back From Two Down to Win 6 Goal Thriller," 26 Aug. 2017 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, "How To Stop Gentrification," 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, "Jill P. Carter looks to carry out father's mission in Baltimore civil rights role," 20 May 2017

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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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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