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intr.v. free·boot·ed, free·boot·ing, free·boots
To act as a freebooter; plunder.

[Back-formation from freebooter.]


1. (Historical Terms) history the practice of living from plunder or piracy
2. informal the practice of seeking pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
3. (Historical Terms) history of or relating to plunder or piracy
4. informal of or relating to the seeking of pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
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Hunt and his companions were more and more sensible how much it would be in the power of this sullen and daring vagabond Rose, to do them mischief, when they should become entangled in the defiles of the mountains, with the passes of which they were wholly unacquainted, and which were infested by his freebooting friends, the Crows.
So large a cavalcade could not pass through the Crow country without attracting the attention of its freebooting hordes.
Waves of sinuous shadow went over the ripe hayfields, and plundering bees sang a freebooting lilt in wayside gardens.
Now, gentlemen, in square-sail brigs and three-masted ships, well-nigh as large and stout as any that ever sailed out of your old Callao to far manilla; this lakeman, in the land-locked heart of our America, had yet been nurtured by all those agrarian freebooting impressions popularly connected with the open ocean.
But many are being ripped off by freebooting teachers and unlicensed colleges charging as much as e1/4600 a month to give a child after-school lessons.
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave a glowing reception to to the film as "fun-fuelled entertainment", which he described as a "glorious origin myth meet-cute to set up one of cinema's greatest bromances: the stoic wookiee Chewbacca and the insolently handsome freebooting rebel pilot Han Solo."
His own brief account remains silent both on what actually enabled the changes in the ability of the state to control its coasts and regularize its collection of customs duties during the nineteenth century and the ways freebooting moved out of the Atlantic.
While Facebook has been accused of freebooting, in the way that a video originally uploaded to YouTube could be scraped off the site and then go viral on Facebook, Centric said the team looks to make sourcing as "transparent" as possible.
Green was also at the forefront of a controversy last year over freebooting, which is when people rip videos off YouTube and upload them onto Facebook.
The California-based social network said that it has got word from some publishers that videos are sometimes uploaded to Facebook without permission in a practice referred to as "freebooting." Facebook is already using an Audible Magic system that uses audio "fingerprinting" to identify and block copyrighted videos from making it onto the social network without proper authorization.
A bigger problem is that the platform lacks adequate copyright protection, which has allowed an astounding volume of "freebooting," a practice in which viral videos are lifted from places like YouTube and reposted through Facebook's native player.
By the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086, rebellions against the Normans had devastated the Anglo-Saxon landowning class - so much so that over 90 per cent of England was now owned by supporters of William the Conqueror, freebooting warriors from northern France, Normandy and Brittany.