- the practice of conducting or engaging in a racket, as extortion or bootlegging.
Origin of racketeering
- a person engaged in a racket.
- to engage in a racket.
Origin of racketeer
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Examples from the Web for racketeering
His weapons charges have been tossed, and racketeering could be next.Could El Chapo Go Free?
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But that tenure ended when he was sent to prison for five years on a racketeering charge.Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci's Redemption Tour Goes Bust
November 4, 2014
In 2001, Edwards was found guilty on charges of racketeering and sentenced to ten years in Federal prison.
Whatever skills it takes to succeed in espionage or racketeering, I patently lack.Vaccines Are Poison, Cellphones Cause Cancer, and Other Medical Conspiracies
July 18, 2014
Blackmail, extortion, and racketeering were considered acceptable.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
It was a shame that he should be imprisoned when racketeering rats like Scorio went scot-free right here in New York.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit
- (intr) to operate a racket
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Word Origin and History for racketeering
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