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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.
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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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Guests enjoyed an assortment of culinary creations from local restaurants including Blu Sushi, Crave Culinaire Cru, Fathoms, Marker 92, RumRunners, S.
Few events raise as much curiosity on the bay than the stories of the legendary rumrunners, many of whom called Freeport and other South Shore communities home.
In 1928, Prohibition was at its height and rumrunners regularly moved through Canada and into the U.
But back in the old days, the spot was well known to hunters, and during Prohibition rumrunners unloaded their cargo there.
Bacardi has long offered RumRunners, Hurricanes and other rum-based cocktails in ready-to-drink variations, but latching onto the low-calorie drinking option now, the company has joined forces with mom, actress and party host Busy Philipps to promote the drinks.
During Prohibition, the islands served as a base for American rumrunners.
4) Rumrunners, Moonshiners, and Bootleggers, The History Channel (History Alive), A&E Television Networks, New York, 2007.
Indeed," wrote an immigration inspector at Port Huron, Michigan, to a Detroit colleague in 1924, reflecting on the booming alien smuggling racket across the Canadian border, "the smuggling of aliens has become so profitable that one or two rumrunners, according to information at hand, have abandoned the rum game and have taken up [the] smuggling of aliens.
From Carry Nation's spearheading of the Temperance Movement to mobster Al Capone's connection to South Florida, a freelance journalist who lives in the state traces the story of South Florida's role in the Roaring Twenties era of rumrunners, bootleggers, and moonshiners.
Anderson, the all-too-effective head of the Anti-Saloon League; rumrunners floating off the coast of New Jersey; and crooked Coast Guard officers.
Prohibition was a huge boon for gangsterism as rumrunners like Al Capone made fortunes supplying the alcohol once it was made illegal.
With both the New York City and Boston mobs after him, it is vital that Ruben figure out who killed the rumrunners from the legendary boat Black Duck.