- alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.
- the part of a boot that covers the leg.
- something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization: a flurry of bootlegs to cash in on the rock star's death.
- to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
- to make, transport, or sell something, especially liquor, illegally or without registration or payment of taxes.
- made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
- illegal or clandestine.
- of or relating to bootlegging.
Origin of bootleg
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Examples from the Web for bootleg
The patrons repaid the mob by buying cheap liquor at premium prices, along with bootleg cigarettes and sometimes drugs.A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend
May 15, 2014
Some of them, we had no idea they existed—like the first Bootleg Series that we put out a few years ago, The Personal File.The Inside Story of Johnny Cash’s Legendary Lost LP, ‘Out Among the Stars’
March 18, 2014
But on the other side of the glass door, bootleg magic is being made.The Absinthe-Minded Porteños of Buenos Aires
March 10, 2014
The “bootleg chemistry” results in a drug that is notoriously impure and often contains a lethal mix of toxins.Behind the Krokodil Panic
November 7, 2013
A far more serious case involved eight former and present cops charged with smuggling guns and bootleg cigarettes.NYPD Scandals Obscure the Decency of the Majority, Cops Say
November 11, 2011
Then it was that he slipped a card in the bootleg of Roche again.Young Wild West at "Forbidden Pass"
An Old Scout
Then Artie took possession of the map placed in the bootleg.An Undivided Union
It has been said that "a Wren will build in anything from a bootleg to a bomb-shell."
Neither did he appear in public with a bowie knife down his bootleg.The Long Chance
Peter B. Kyne
I'll sneak around to you in the mornin', when I go t' fetch me can of bootleg.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
- to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
- something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
- an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
- produced, distributed, or sold illicitlybootleg whisky; bootleg tapes
C17: see boot 1, leg; from the practice of smugglers of carrying bottles of liquor concealed in their boots
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Word Origin and History for bootleg
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