bucket shop

Stock Exchange. an unsound, unethical, or overly aggressive brokerage house.
Slang. any shady commercial agency, as one dealing in illegally priced theater tickets.

1870–75, Americanism; originally a cheap drinking establishment, allegedly so called because liquor was mixed or sold in buckets

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bucket shop
1.  an unregistered firm of stockbrokers that engages in speculation with clients' funds
2.  chiefly (Brit) any small business that cannot be relied upon, esp one selling cheap airline tickets

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