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1. One who illegally transports liquor across a border.
2. A boat used to transport liquor illegally across a border.


(Historical Terms) a person who smuggles illicit liquor


(ˈrʌmˌrʌn ər)

a person or ship engaged in smuggling liquor.
[1920, Amer.]
rum′run`ning, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rumrunner - someone who illegally smuggles liquor across a border
contrabandist, moon curser, moon-curser, runner, smuggler - someone who imports or exports without paying duties
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