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1bootleg

noun boot·leg \-ˌleg, -ˌlāg\

: 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
:  the upper part of a boot
2
:  something bootlegged: as
a :  moonshine
b :  an unauthorized audio or video recording
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>

First Known Use of BOOTLEG

1634

2bootleg

verb

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

: to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally

Full Definition of BOOTLEG

transitive verb
1
a :  to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally
b :  to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally
2
a :  to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization
b :  smuggle
intransitive verb
1
:  to engage in bootlegging
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.

First Known Use of BOOTLEG

1889

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