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smuggle

[smuhg-uh l] /ˈsmʌg əl/
verb (used with object), smuggled, smuggling.
1.
to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
2.
to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously:
She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
verb (used without object), smuggled, smuggling.
3.
to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
Origin of smuggle
1680-1690
1680-90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
Related forms
smuggler, noun
antismuggling, adjective
unsmuggled, adjective
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  • Perhaps he would even have to lurk in the woods, awaiting his opportunity to smuggle his liquor to the men.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • Could she not smuggle him up-stairs after her father had had his supper and retired to his bedroom?

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • La Palatine had counted upon the general confusion to smuggle herself in and to create a precedent.

  • He'll stay behind and carry out your vacation while we smuggle you away.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • We were searched, and our maps and compasses and diaries taken, except from K., who managed to smuggle his map through.

    A Kut Prisoner H. C. W. Bishop
British Dictionary definitions for smuggle

smuggle

/ˈsmʌɡəl/
verb
1.
to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
2.
(transitive; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
3.
(transitive) foll by away. to conceal; hide
Derived Forms
smuggler, noun
smuggling, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Low German smukkelen and Dutch smokkelen, perhaps from Old English smūgen to creep; related to Old Norse smjūga
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Word Origin and History for smuggle
v.

"import or export secretly and contrary to law," 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.

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