- 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 bootlegging
We expected him to steal our clothes or have us indicted for bootlegging.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
It was just that this man had lied to me, after I had done all his bootlegging work.
If McFann is mixed up in anything, from bootlegging to bigger crimes, he is only a tool.
Most Montenegrins derive their livelihood, directly or indirectly, from smuggling, bootlegging and illegal immigration.After the Rain
He knew where there was drink, and who was organizing the bootlegging business, and what graft the police took.The Soul of John Brown
- 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 bootlegging
also boot-legging, 1890, from bootleg (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper