A tout is any person who solicits business or employment in a persistent and annoying manner (generally equivalent to a ''
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'' or '' barker
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, or a '' spruiker
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An example would be a person who frequents heavily touristed areas and presents himself as a tour guide (particularly towards those who do not speak the local language) but operates on behalf of local bars, restaurants, or hotels, being paid to direct tourists towards certain establishments.
In London, the term "taxi touts" refers to a kind of
illegal taxicab operation
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which involves taxi drivers (or their operator) attracting potential passengers by illegal means—for instance, calling out travellers, or fetching them and their luggage, while parked in an area where taxi drivers must wait in their vehicle. They may charge exorbitant fees upon arrival, possibly using threats to ensure payment.
"Ticket tout" is a British term for a scalper
, someone who engages in
Ticket resale (also known as ticket scalping or ticket touting) is the act of reselling tickets for admission to events. Tickets are bought from licensed sellers and then sold for a price determined by the individual or company in possession of ...
for more than the
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of the ticket. In recent years some British ticket touts have moved into Internet ticket fraud
In the sports betting world, a tout is someone who sells picks of winners against the spread and the over/under. Most touts are scam artists and most don't have a long term winning record.
A "shop tout" is someone who is engaged by a shop to loiter outside their office, sometimes outside the building, or outside their competitors' shop. The tout then promotes the services to a passer-by and then escorts the person back to the shop, where they are paid a commission for each person that is brought back. The practice of touts working on the street to attract customers to night clubs and bars is very common in the entertainment tourist areas of
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, particularly those of
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, a tout is an
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, a term which includes
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A tipster is someone who regularly provides information (tips) on the likely outcomes of sporting events on internet sites or special betting places.
In the past tips were bartered for and traded but nowadays, thanks largely to the Inter ...