Origin of bootlegged
- 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 bootlegged
The Chinese making money off bootlegged versions of Lincoln is most definitely not acceptable.Bootleg Empire: America the Smuggler Nation
March 7, 2013
He bootlegged upon a larger scale than do most of those pursuing this precarious avocation.Sundry Accounts</p>
Irvin S. Cobb
- 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 bootlegged
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