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bootleg

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noun boot·leg \-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

Simple Definition of bootleg

  • : an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance

  • : alcohol that is made or sold illegally

Full Definition of bootleg

  1. 1 :  the upper part of a boot

  2. 2 :  something bootlegged: as a :  moonshine b :  an unauthorized audio or video recording

  3. 3 :  a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out — compare draw 8

bootleg adjective

Examples of bootleg

  1. She was arrested for selling bootlegs online.

  2. <getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence>



1634

First Known Use of bootleg

1634


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bootleg

verb boot·leg

Simple Definition of bootleg

  • : to illegally copy (a video, CD, etc.) or illegally record (a live performance)

  • : to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally

Full Definition of bootleg

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally b :  to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally

  3. 2 a :  to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization b :  smuggle

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to engage in bootlegging

  6. 2 :  to run a bootleg play in football

boot·leg·ger noun

Examples of bootleg

  1. He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.



1889

First Known Use of bootleg

1889


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