racketeering

[ rak-i-teer-ing ]
/ ˌræk ɪˈtɪər ɪŋ /
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noun

the practice of conducting or engaging in a racket, as extortion or bootlegging.

Origin of racketeering

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racketeer + -ing1
Related formsan·ti·rack·e·teer·ing, adjective

Definition for racketeering (2 of 2)

racketeer

[ rak-i-teer ]
/ ˌræk ɪˈtɪər /

noun

a person engaged in a racket.

verb (used without object)

to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer
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British Dictionary definitions for racketeering

racketeer

/ (ˌrækɪˈtɪə) /

noun

a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit

verb

(intr) to operate a racket
Derived Formsracketeering, noun
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Word Origin and History for racketeering

racketeer


1928 (noun and verb), from racket (n.1) + -eer. Related: Racketeering (1928).

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