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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. 2017.
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  • Those on the schooner could see the gunboat, but the lookout on the cruiser did not see the blockade-runner.

  • 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
  • No one certainly supposed for a moment that she was an Alexandrian blockade-runner.

    Lords of the World Alfred John Church
  • The father, I grieve to add, was suspected by our officers of being a blockade-runner for the Rebels.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • And now the fort opened fire at the chasing cruisers, from whom the blockade-runner was crawling, being by this time well inshore.

    Sketches From My Life Hobart Pasha
  • But the blockade-runner can't stand being used for target-practice long.

  • It promised to be such a night as a blockade-runner would select for getting to sea.

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic
  • Thereafter followed one of those silences which had become so peculiarly instructive to the blockade-runner.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • She took passage upon a blockade-runner which, after pursuit, succeeded in reaching the port of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • Swartz, the secret agent, blockade-runner, and "best spy in the Federal army" was before me.

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