regrating


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regrating

the offence of buying a commodity in a market with a view to selling it in the same market at a better price. In Scotland it was outlawed in Acts of 1449 and 1592 and thereafter and included an area within a four-mile radius of the market. It ceased to be an offence in England in 1847. See FORESTALLING.

REGRATING, crim. law. Every practice or device, by act, conspiracy, words, or news, to enhance the price of victuals or other merchandise, is so denominated. 3 Inst. 196; 1 Russ. on Cr. 169.
     2. In the Roman law, persons who monopolized grain, and other produce of the earth, were called dardanarii, and were variously punished. Dig. 47, 11, 6.

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Although trading in London was not policed as stringently as in the provinces, regrating (purchasing food items in bulk and selling them on in smaller quantities) was perceived as threatening the profits of shop holders.