The workers were all in like case, and for the most part drowned their troubles in stale beer from the bucket-shop below.
I don't know the difference between this and the bucket-shop.
The offices of Smathe and Smathe corresponded with alarming closeness to Mr. Prohack's idea of what a bucket-shop might be.
The bucket-shop business was not what he had imagined it to be.
In New York a bogus commission agency established a system of gambling which beat the bucket-shop hollow.
Wickersham discounted the note; but the amount was only a bagatelle to him: a bucket-shop had swallowed it within an hour.
The difference is between a stock-exchange business and a bucket-shop business.
I sent for Tripcony, to get him to make my will—he used to be a solicitor, you know, before he started the bucket-shop.
He had lost his position in disgrace and had landed in the bucket-shop, the sub-cellar pit of the big Stock Exchange hell.
The meaning of bucket-shop and to water, for example, is familiar to every London broker's clerk.
: A sleazy bucket-shop operation
A place where very dubious stocks, commodities, real estate, etc, are sold, often by telephone solicitation
[1880+; origin uncertain; bucket, ''cheat, swindle,'' is attested in 1812 and may be the source; another account has illicit traders sending down by elevator for ''another bucketful'' of dupes]