Vocabulary related to bid rigging


In a bid rigging (談合入札) how do you call the suppliers:

  • the one to win the contract
  • others who are intended just to take part and to lose (I recall some expression with 馬)

As we are talking about illegal activity, I expect these expressions to be slangy.


Posted 2015-09-10T01:49:00.280

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found 対抗馬{たいこうば} for a "rival candidate", but I think there was more specific expression for a "horse that will definitely lose" – macraf – 2015-09-10T15:12:24.240

Right, it is not 「対抗馬」 as there is no competition among the "horses" to begin with in 談合. Hint: There is a kana in the middle of the correct word. And for your first question, the answer is a 2-or-4-kanji word containing 「命」. Not sure why the experts have not posted an answer to this excellent question. (Unfortunately, I am no longer answering questions here.) – l'électeur – 2015-09-10T23:32:30.913



It may be 本命 (the one to win) and 当{あ}て馬{うま} (the one to lose). I didn't find it out until I read the comment.


Posted 2015-09-10T01:49:00.280

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Thank you. 当て馬 is definitely the word I heard at work ("we were used as stalking horse"). – macraf – 2015-09-12T13:52:54.527