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v. boot·legged, boot·leg·ging, boot·legs
1. To make, sell, or transport (alcoholic liquor) for sale illegally.
2. To produce, distribute, or sell without permission or illegally: a clandestine outfit that bootlegs compact discs and tapes.
1. To engage in the bootlegging of alcoholic liquor or another product.
2. To attach a transmitter to a dish antenna, creating an uplink via which a signal is sent to a satellite without the knowledge of the satellite's owner.
3. Football To fake a hand-off, conceal the ball on the hip, and roll out in order to pass or especially to rush around the end. Used of a quarterback.
1. A product, especially alcoholic liquor, that is illicitly produced, distributed, or sold.
2. The part of a boot above the instep.
3. Football A play in which the quarterback bootlegs.
Produced, sold, or transported illegally: bootleg gin; bootleg tapes.
[From a smuggler's practice of carrying liquor in the legs of boots.]
vb, -legs, -legging or -legged
to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
1. something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
2. an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
produced, distributed, or sold illicitly: bootleg whisky; bootleg tapes.
[C17: see boot1, leg; from the practice of smugglers of carrying bottles of liquor concealed in their boots]
n., v. -legged, -leg•ging,
1. alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported.
2. something made, reproduced, or sold unlawfully.v.t.
3. to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.v.i.
4. to make, transport, or sell something, esp. liquor, unlawfully or without registration or payment of taxes.adj.
5. made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
6. unlawful or clandestine.
[1885–95, Amer.; so called from the practice of hiding a liquor bottle in the leg of one's boot]
Past participle: bootlegged
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|Noun||1.||bootleg - whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash|
|2.||bootleg - the part of a boot above the instep|
boot - footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
|Verb||1.||bootleg - sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol; "They were bootlegging whiskey"|
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
sell - exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent; "He sold his house in January"; "She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit"
|2.||bootleg - produce or distribute illegally; "bootleg tapes of the diva's singing"|
|Adj.||1.||bootleg - distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes"|
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"