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.
verb (used with object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
verb (used without object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
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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Related Words for bootleggedcontraband, illicit, unauthorized, pirated, bootleg, prohibited, hide, export, taboo, run, deal, moonshine, push, pirate, fence, relate, dicker, trade, touch, peddle
Examples from the Web for bootlegged
Contemporary Examples of bootlegged
The Chinese making money off bootlegged versions of Lincoln is most definitely not acceptable.Bootleg Empire: America the Smuggler Nation
March 7, 2013
Historical Examples of bootlegged
He bootlegged upon a larger scale than do most of those pursuing this precarious avocation.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
verb -legs, -legging or -legged
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
Word Origin for bootleg
C17: see boot 1, leg; from the practice of smugglers of carrying bottles of liquor concealed in their boots
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