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 for To forestall the market
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forestall \Fore*stall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forestalled; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Forestalling.] [OE. forstallen to stop, to
     obstruct; to stop (goods) on the way to the market by buying
     them beforehand, from forstal obstruction, AS. forsteal,
     foresteall, prop., a placing one's self before another. See
     Fore, and Stall.]
     1. To take beforehand, or in advance; to anticipate.
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              What need a man forestall his date of grief,
              And run to meet what he would most avoid? --Milton.
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     2. To take possession of, in advance of some one or something
        else, to the exclusion or detriment of the latter; to get
        ahead of; to preoccupy; also, to exclude, hinder, or
        prevent, by prior occupation, or by measures taken in
        advance.
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              An ugly serpent which forestalled their way.
                                                    --Fairfax.
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              But evermore those damsels did forestall
              Their furious encounter.              --Spenser.
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              To be forestalled ere we come to fall. --Shak.
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              Habit is a forestalled and obstinate judge. --Rush.
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     3. To deprive; -- with of. [R.]
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              All the better; may
              This night forestall him of the coming day! --Shak.
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     4. (Eng. Law) To obstruct or stop up, as a way; to stop the
        passage of on highway; to intercept on the road, as goods
        on the way to market.
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     To forestall the market, to buy or contract for merchandise
        or provision on its way to market, with the intention of
        selling it again at a higher price; to dissuade persons
        from bringing their goods or provisions there; or to
        persuade them to enhance the price when there. This was an
        offense at law in England until 1844. --Burrill.
  
     Syn: To anticipate; monopolize; engross.
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