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bootleg

boot·leg

bootleg

 
pronunciation:
but leg
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bootlegged, bootlegging, bootlegs
definition: to smuggle or otherwise participate in the unauthorized or illegal sale of.
Those gangsters were bootlegging whisky and gin throughout Prohibition.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to deal illegally in the making, conveyance, or sale of something.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: characterized by or associated with bootlegging, as an illegal or clandestine operation.
The truck carried fifty cases of bootleg whisky.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: alcoholic drink, usu. whiskey or other strong spirit, that is made, conveyed, or sold illegally.
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derivation: bootlegger (n.)