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1. Informal; the act of withdrawing a promise in business, especially a promise to sell. For example, if a company agrees in principle to sell a factory to a second company, but receives a better offer from a third company, which it accepts instead, it is said to "gazump" the second company.

2. See: Gazump.
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a situation in which a seller of an asset such as a house, having already agreed informally to sell the asset to one buyer at an agreed price, subsequently sells the asset to another buyer at a higher price.
Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson
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