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racketeering

[rak-i-teer-ing]
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noun
  1. the practice of conducting or engaging in a racket, as extortion or bootlegging.

Origin of racketeering

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racketeer + -ing1
Related formsan·ti·rack·e·teer·ing, adjective

racketeer

[rak-i-teer]
noun
  1. a person engaged in a racket.
verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer
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  • It was a shame that he should be imprisoned when racketeering rats like Scorio went scot-free right here in New York.

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    Clifford Donald Simak


British Dictionary definitions for racketeering

racketeer

noun
  1. a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit
verb
  1. (intr) to operate a racket
Derived Formsracketeering, noun
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Word Origin and History for racketeering

racketeer

1928 (noun and verb), from racket (n.1) + -eer. Related: Racketeering (1928).

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