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Origin of bootleg

An Americanism first recorded in 1625–35; boot1 + leg; secondary senses arose from practice of hiding a liquor bottle in the leg of one's boot

OTHER WORDS FROM bootleg

boot·leg·ger, noun
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How to use bootleg in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bootleg

bootleg
/ (ˈbuːtˌlɛɡ) /

verb -legs, -legging or -legged
to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
noun
something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
adjective
produced, distributed, or sold illicitlybootleg whisky; bootleg tapes

Derived forms of bootleg

bootlegger, noun

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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