pyramid scheme

noun
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of pyramid scheme

: a usually illegal operation in which participants pay to join and profit mainly from payments made by subsequent participants

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First Known Use of pyramid scheme

1949


PYRAMID SCHEME Defined for English Language Learners

pyramid scheme

noun

Definition of pyramid scheme for English Language Learners

  • : a dishonest and usually illegal business in which many people are persuaded to invest their money and the money of later investors is used to pay the people who invested first


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