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[blo-keyd-ruhn-er] /blɒˈkeɪdˌrʌn ər/
a ship or person that passes through a blockade.
Origin of blockade-runner
First recorded in 1860-65
Related forms
blockade-running, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No one certainly supposed for a moment that she was an Alexandrian blockade-runner.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • The plan was to give this floating volcano the appearance of a blockade-runner.

  • The blockade-runner showed no colors; and no flag could have been of any service to her.

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic
  • She took passage upon a blockade-runner which, after pursuit, succeeded in reaching the port of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • A blockade-runner like the Kate, which made forty trips or more, would enrich her owners almost beyond the dreams of avarice.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • The father, I grieve to add, was suspected by our officers of being a blockade-runner for the Rebels.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • But the blockade-runner can't stand being used for target-practice long.

  • Those on the schooner could see the gunboat, but the lookout on the cruiser did not see the blockade-runner.

  • When hidden by a projecting headland, she stopped and waited for the blockade-runner to come out.

  • She made one trip to England as a blockade-runner, and on her return voyage she burned three or four United States merchantmen.

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