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blind tiger

n. Chiefly Southern & Midland US
A place where alcoholic beverages are sold illegally; a speakeasy. Also called regionally blind pig.

[After the early custom of exhibiting animal curiosities in speakeasies.]

blind′ ti′ger

Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
an illegal saloon.
[1855–60, Amer.]
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Then the harpooner carried away a pink flask to be filled in some blind pig, for there were no licensed saloons in that locality.
Speakeasies, blind pigs or blind tigers as they were known, originated in the states during the prohibition era between 1920 and 1933 when alcohol was made illegal.
James habit, get his book, Of Blind Pigs and Big Bucks.
Sailors, Slackers, and Blind Pigs is popular history at its best.