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blind tiger

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
an illegal saloon.
Origin of blind tiger
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; perhaps so called because exhibitions of natural curiosities served as fronts for such places Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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blind pig

noun phrase

An unlicensed or illegal saloon; speakeasy (mid-1880s+)

blind tiger

noun phrase

blind pig, speakeasy

[1850s+; in order to evade liquor laws, the originator posted a sign by a hole in the wall ''Blind Tiger, ten cents a sight,'' and passed out a glass of whiskey when given a dime]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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