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blind tiger

noun

, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. an illegal saloon.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of blind tiger1

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; perhaps so called because exhibitions of natural curiosities served as fronts for such places

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Example Sentences

And especially was it uncomfortable in the “blind tiger” of the Wyker eating-house.

It was whispered through the county that a blind tiger was also operated there but this was not proven.

The “hole-in-the-wall” or “blind tiger” provides a rendezvous for all the outcasts of society.

You know my secon' husband was bad after blind tiger liquor, and harlot eyed, brassy, hussy women.

There was information that Lafonte was running a blind tiger.

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