a person who makes or sells liquor or other goods illegally: A bootlegger named George Cassiday secretly supplied members of Congress with liquor during Prohibition.The sort of criminals of interest to the piracy commission are large-scale DVD bootleggers, not individual downloaders.
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How to use bootlegger in a sentence
The National Football League's New York Giants franchise was founded in 1925 by a bootlegger named Tim Mara.Will a Criminal Enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame? | Evan Weiner | February 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He seeks to clear up some myths about Kennedy—he was, for instance, never a bootlegger—and offer a truthful portrait of the man.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life | Jacob Heilbrunn | November 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
To prep for his role as a gun-slinging bootlegger in the film, LaBeouf packed on 40 pounds and guzzled moonshine.Shia LaBeouf’s New Chapter: ‘Lawless,’ Dropping Acid, Unsimulated Sex | Marlow Stern | August 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There he insinuates himself with the locals as the new bootlegger and begins stalking Luce and her two charges.
Indeed, one could claim that her vast business empire has been built on the memories of her days as a fancified bootlegger.
Mr. Rosen was by way of being—by a roundabout way of being—what technically is known as a bootlegger.Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb
According to the estimate of the narrator, a bootlegger passes through Malone every eight minutes.Pieces of Hate | Heywood Broun
The blow of her stick had half blinded the bootlegger's one eye, but he was coming toward her.The Country Beyond | James Oliver Curwood
I imagine, of course, as I said to Mr. Hampton here earlier, that our bootlegger friends set the fire.The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards | Gerald Breckenridge
Soon he saw that he was flying faster than the bootlegger ahead of him.The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss