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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
1680-1690
1680-90; < Low German smuggeln; cognate with German schmuggeln
Related forms
smuggler, noun
antismuggling, adjective
unsmuggled, adjective
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  • It has details regarding the lengths the prisoners went to smuggle in cyanide, among other things.
  • No one, he decided, has the right to smuggle antiquities.
  • Big families push tables together, community groups hold casual meetings, toddlers smuggle in dolls and toy racecars.
  • The vehicles, it turned out, were being used to smuggle gasoline.
  • He said he could convert cash into gold and smuggle it out of the country in special shipping containers.
  • Imagine that they obtained backing from sympathizers around the world and that they began to smuggle weapons into the territory.
  • In one scheme workers smuggle trussed homing pigeons out to the mining areas in lunch boxes.
  • Visitors sometimes do smuggle in contraband, and inmates don't have to have contract visits.
  • They would smuggle it into our too-porous ports, or across one of our permeable borders.
  • The fact that the treasured gems are small, valuable, and so easy to transport makes them a ideal items to smuggle.
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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