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speculate
used in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

10 uses
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Definition
to take a risk for profit—typically a risky investment
  • Dem speculators vont spen dar money to come here fur a runaway, if dey ain't sartin sure to put dar hans right on him.
    40 — The Fugitive Slave Law (62% in)
  • Mr. Sands sent a speculator to offer him nine hundred dollars for my brother William, and eight hundred for the two children.
    19 — The Children Sold (3% in)
  • He went back to the speculator, and said, "Sir, I have come to lay you under obligations of a thousand dollars not to sell any of those negroes in this state."
    19 — The Children Sold (19% in)
  • My good old aunt went to the jail to bid the children good by, supposing them to be the speculator's property, and that she should never see them again.
    19 — The Children Sold (24% in)
  • It is a long time; and the speculator is going to take me and Ellen away.
    19 — The Children Sold (27% in)
  • The other said to her, "Did you know Linda Brent's children was sold to the speculator yesterday.
    19 — The Children Sold (75% in)
  • Were my children with their grandmother, or had the speculator carried them off?
    19 — The Children Sold (79% in)
  • I should be glad to see them in the speculator's hands again, for I'm tired of seeing those little niggers march about the streets."
    26 — Important Era In My Brother's Life (99% in)
  • 'cause I runned away from de speculator, and you runned away from de massa.
    40 — The Fugitive Slave Law (62% in)
  • I tell you, I had mighty hard time to keep de speculator from findin it; but he didn't git it."
    40 — The Fugitive Slave Law (71% in)

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