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 bootlegging
And certainly, ‘big money’ is involved in bootlegging, as liquor smuggling is termed.The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards|Gerald Breckenridge
If McFann is mixed up in anything, from bootlegging to bigger crimes, he is only a tool.
It was just that this man had lied to me, after I had done all his bootlegging work.
Blind pigs hardly exist, and bootleggers are rare birds who, if they persist in bootlegging, are rapidly converted into jailbirds.Abroad at Home|Julian Street
But he'd been trailing McFann for bootlegging and was pretty sure Jim was riding a horse with a broken shoe.
verb -legs, -legging or -legged
Word Origin for bootleg
also boot-legging, 1890, from bootleg (q.v.).
"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.