In some places, when governments and local authorities call for tenders from potential contractors for various projects, incoming tenders are physically delivered into a box where they are stored until the tender process is complete. In some parts of the world, tenders can be the root of rather serious and violent clashes (e.g., in South Africa or Bangladesh).

Suppose in such a place one bidder physically occupies that tender box, preventing anyone else from dropping in any tenders of their own and thus making sure they themselves win the tender.

From a certain point of view it can be considered tender theft; but that’s quite a broad term, and I remember reading a specific term for this kind of ‘hogging’ the tender box itself in a newspaper once.

What is the proper English term for ‘tender box hogging’?

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    The term "tender-box" is unfamiliar to me as a native speaker of British English. Google isn't much help either, though it shows an image of what looks like a ballot box. This may be a term specific to English in your part of the world; you should probably define it rather than leaving us to guess. – Chris H Apr 14 '17 at 8:27
  • Would 'holding to ransom' work? – marcellothearcane Apr 14 '17 at 8:49
  • The clarification makes it clear (more or less) what you meant by tender-box; but I still don't understand how anyone is supposed to be able to prevent someone else from bidding for a tender, short of using mafia techniques to threaten them not to, which is not generally an option in tender bidding where you don't know who the other bidders are. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 14 '17 at 11:47
  • Monopolization? – Davo Apr 14 '17 at 11:47
  • So in some countries tenders are literally delivered as documents in boxes and then left there to be stolen, it seems. Interesting. I'd never heard of that before, but in such a scenario it would make sense for someone to try to ‘hog’ the tender box. Never heard of a name for it, though. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 14 '17 at 11:55