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dumb barter

noun
1.
a form of barter practiced among some peoples, in which the goods for exchange are left at and taken from a preselected spot without the exchanging parties ever coming face-to-face.
Also called silent barter, silent trade.

silent barter

or silent trade

noun
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  • Like the poacher, the heron pursues its silent trade by night, and loves the moonlit ones best.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • This facilitates observation, but it also assists the poacher in his silent trade.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Passing the deep dub by the "Force," we find old Phil, the fisher, plying his silent trade even thus into the night.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Every sign of wind and weather must be observed, as all help in the silent trade.

  • The great piles of wood accumulated at the summit turned the talk to "silent trade."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The signs of wind and weather he knows as it were by heart, and this is essential to his silent trade.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • In "silent trade" people on one side of a hill traded with people on the other side without meeting.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • But I must tear myself from the fascination of gold and its trade routes and return to that silent trade.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • He can work as well in the dark as in the light, and this is essential to his silent trade.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • To this day you will find a form of this silent trade still going on in Guinea.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley

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