to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously: She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
- smuggler, noun
- an·ti·smug·gling, adjective
- un·smug·gled, adjective
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How to use smuggle in a sentence
Finding a smuggler in Ventimiglia is easier than finding good food.
“We met the smuggler in the train station; he came to speak with us about the services he provided,” Yazbek says.
“When the smuggler boat is ready, they call you,” Saed says.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When you are safely out, you give your password to the smuggler who calls it in to the broker to release the funds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Guided by a people smuggler, they crossed a frozen river that separated the two countries.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State | Lizzie Crocker | October 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The private trader therefore still ran great risk of being treated as a smuggler, if not as a pirate.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The revenue and the trade were robbed by the smuggler; and the manufacturer was deluded by an unreal protection.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
"Yes; this boat is a gun-smuggler beyond a doubt," nodded Lieutenant Hal.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock
It is a curious and amusing fact that the great smuggler (p. 267) and real delinquent was Napoleon himself.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
Thence I will make my way in a smuggler's craft to Nantes, where the governor is a friend of mine.The Cornet of Horse | G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for smuggle
to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
(tr; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
(tr foll by away) to conceal; hide
- smuggler, noun
- smuggling, noun
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