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racketeering

[rak-i-teer-ing] /ˌræk ɪˈtɪər ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the practice of conducting or engaging in a racket, as extortion or bootlegging.
Origin of racketeering
1925-1930
1925-30, Americanism; racketeer + -ing1
Related forms
antiracketeering, adjective

racketeer

[rak-i-teer] /ˌræk ɪˈtɪər/
noun
1.
a person engaged in a racket.
verb (used without object)
2.
to engage in a racket.
Origin
1925-30, Americanism; racket1 + -eer
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for racketeering

racketeer

/ˌrækɪˈtɪə/
noun
1.
a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit
verb
2.
(intransitive) to operate a racket
Derived Forms
racketeering, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for racketeering

racketeer

noun

A person who works in an illegal racket; a member of the rackets; gangster, mobster, wise guy (late 1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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