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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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  • And these are his last smuggled dispatches, made all the more poignant for their finality.
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  • In other cases the money is transported to a nearby airport or seaport before being smuggled out of the country.
British Dictionary definitions for smuggled

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 smuggled

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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