verb (used with object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
verb (used without object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
- bootlace fungus,
- bootlace worm,
- bootleg play,
Origin of bootleg
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|Michael Daly|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Andrew Romano|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But on the other side of the glass door, bootleg magic is being made.
The “bootleg chemistry” results in a drug that is notoriously impure and often contains a lethal mix of toxins.
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|Michael Daly|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
At dawn he came down in a coast hamlet for bootleg petrol and oil.
I'll sneak around to you in the mornin', when I go t' fetch me can of bootleg.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
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|Oliver Optic
It has been said that "a Wren will build in anything from a bootleg to a bomb-shell."
verb -legs, -legging or -legged
Word Origin for bootleg
"leg of a boot," 1630s, from boot (n.1) + leg (n.). As an adjective in reference to illegal iquor, 1889, American English slang, from the trick of concealing a flask of liquor down the leg of a high boot. Before that the bootleg was the place to secret knives and pistols.