bootlegged

[boot-legd]
adjective

Origin:
see bootleg, -ed3

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bootleg

[boot-leg]
noun
1.
alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.
2.
the part of a boot that covers the leg.
3.
something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization: a flurry of bootlegs to cash in on the rock star's death.
verb (used with object), bootlegged, bootlegging.
4.
to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
verb (used without object), bootlegged, bootlegging.
5.
to make, transport, or sell something, especially liquor, illegally or without registration or payment of taxes.
adjective
6.
made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
7.
illegal or clandestine.
8.
of or pertaining to bootlegging.

Origin:
1625–35, Americanism; boot1 + leg; secondary senses arose from practice of hiding a liquor bottle in the leg of one's boot

bootlegger, noun
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bootleg (ˈbuːtˌlɛɡ)
 
vb , -legs, -legging, -legged
1.  to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
 
n
2.  something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
3.  an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
 
adj
4.  produced, distributed, or sold illicitly: bootleg whisky; bootleg tapes
 
[C17: see boot1, leg; from the practice of smugglers of carrying bottles of liquor concealed in their boots]
 
'bootlegger
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bootleg
1889, Amer.Eng. slang, from the trick of concealing something (originally a flask of liquor) down the leg of a high boot.
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bootleg definition


  1. mod.
    unauthorized or illegal [copy or something]; illegally obtained. (See also buttlegging.) : He crossed the state line to buy cigarettes and then returned by a back road with his bootleg smokes.
  2. n.
    to sell unauthorized or illegal copies; to sell contraband. : They arrested the guy for bootlegging current movies on DVDs.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Almost instantly it was pirated, bootlegged, copied and released by competing studios under different names.
It is not uncommon for bootlegged fireworks to cause blindness or amputation of fingers or hands.
It also provides criminal penalties for those who possess large amounts of bootlegged cigarettes.
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