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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.]
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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.
This rift powers the sprawling "Blind Pig City" drawings, 2009-, whose title refers to the unlicensed after-hours clubs, or "blind pigs," that have taken over the abandoned buildings of Detroit.
Secretly produced "bathtub gin" was commonly available in the speakeasies and "blind pigs" of Prohibition-era America, due to the relative simplicity of the production method.
James habit, get his book, Of Blind Pigs and Big Bucks.
Sailors, Slackers, and Blind Pigs is popular history at its best.
They stopped preying on storekeepers and vendors and turned their attention to bigger things--the blind pigs [illegal saloons] of the Prohibition era, the gambling joints, and the bawdy houses.
Supplying the blind pigs with alcoholic beverages became an extremely profitable enterprise.
To earn extra cash, the gang shook down blind pigs and gambling houses.
The Purples controlled the liquor traffic from Canada, as well as a number of blind pigs and gambling houses.
Grita!, a New York-based record label that has introduced the English-speaking world to Blind Pigs, the ultra-political Negu Gorriak and a handful of other bands, has made an excellent decision in putting out a live CD of one of its most popular bands.
From the first influx of Southern black emigres to Detroit's burgeoning auto assembly lines through the end of World War II, Hastings Street was the main artery in a section of Detroit known, for obvious reasons, as "Black Bottom." Before, during, and after Prohibition, legal and illegal ("blind pig") saloons were strewn about the district.