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Topic: TRADE

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: peddler

peddle

verb
     
ped‧dle [transitive]
1 to sell goods to people, especially goods that people disapprove of because they are illegal, harmful, or of not very high quality [↪ push, deal]:
They were accused of peddling drugs.
people who peddle cigarettes to young children
2BBT to try to sell things to people, especially by going from place to place:
Farmers come to Seoul to peddle rice.
a door-to-door salesman peddling his wares (=selling his goods)
3TC to try to persuade people to accept an opinion or idea which is wrong or false:
politicians peddling instant solutions to long-standing problems
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