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regrating:

see engrossingengrossing,
in English law, practice of acquiring a monopoly of goods in order to sell them at an inflated price. The offense was ordinarily limited to monopolies of foods. Related practices were forestalling, i.e.
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regrating

The cleaning of masonry by removing a thin surface layer, exposing fresh stone.
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They said they had no other means of livelihood than their craft, and accused Sarduche of forestalling and regrating "all the crude and coloured silk and other kinds of merchandise brought by aliens, thus grivously enhancing the price" (Calendar of plea: 99-106).
By extension the concept was also used to cover the offence of buying up produce in the market before the official opening time with the intention of reselling it at a profit later on,(52) though activity of this kind was also often described as regrating.
Philip, Charleston; and for Preventing Engrossing, Forestalling, Regrating, and Unjust Exactions, in the said Town and Market, 1739", ibid.