bootleg

noun
boot·​leg | \ ˈbüt-ˌleg , -ˌlāg\

Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper part of a boot
2 : something bootlegged: such 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 entry 2 sense 8

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging; bootlegs

Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from bootleg

Noun

bootleg adjective

Verb

bootlegger noun

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

Noun

She was arrested for selling bootlegs online. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence

Verb

He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gangsters there created the cocktail to hide the inferior taste of their bootleg hooch (compared to the finer stuff served by Northside mobsters'). Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Southside Is the Preppy Cocktail that Signals the Start of Summer," 12 June 2014 Dapper Dan’s Memoir is Coming Out—Followed by a Biopic Few have a had a more interesting career in fashion than Dapper Dan, whose Harlem store was situated at the intersection of luxury, rap, and bootleg cultures. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "11 Reasons to Be Excited About The Year in Fashion," 4 Jan. 2019 Identity, whether corporate or individual, real of bootleg, was a seminal Bernadette Corporation trope. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Notes from the Underground: With a New Book Out, Bernadette Van-Huy Tracks Her Evolution from Bernadette Corporation to Now," 5 Nov. 2018 These days, a bootleg needn’t be faithful to its source. Vogue, "You Won’t Believe What Ava Nirui Dreamed Up for Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018 For the collage-like clothing itself, the artists in Slug were inspired by various elements from their childhood, from anime to toys (a dinosaur speaking on the phone features prominently on one of the designs) to the bootleg culture of Atlanta. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A New Capsule Collection Turns ’90s Childhood Tropes Into Bold, Bright Streetwear," 10 Dec. 2018 Nearly 80 people in Indonesia are dead and 90 others have been hospitalized this month after drinking toxic bootleg liquor containing ingredients such as cough medicine and insect repellent, officials said. Fox News, "Nearly 80 dead from bootleg alcohol tainted with insect repellent, cough medicine," 10 Apr. 2018 Made to lovingly look like an ad found on some old bootleg VHS, the new teaser delivers tons of style, though admittedly little substance. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Stranger Things S3 teaser hides Steve’s glorious hair, oozes mall nostalgia," 16 July 2018 Tarnished Truth Distilling Company makes bourbon, rye and vodka at the 85-room grand hotel and supplies its spirits to hotel bars, including the Hunt Room, which was said to serve bootleg drinks during Prohibition. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Your Next Hotel May Have an Attached Brewery or Distillery," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There was also talk that O’Hara’s mill businesses in Fall River were actually fronts to launder money from bootlegging operations along the New Bedford-Fall River coastline. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Newton got the linebackers and safeties to freeze on a fake to Jonathan Stewart, bootlegged to his left and dropped a pass to a wide-open Dickson, who rumbled for 57 yards before again being dragged down inside the 10. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Leave it to a teammate to point out weaknesses in Panthers TE Ed Dickson’s record day," 9 Oct. 2017 The next year in Iowa City, Long faked a handoff into the line and bootlegged around the right side untouched for a touchdown with barely any time left to lead No. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa-Michigan State: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game," 30 Sep. 2017 And the cartoons all look great on the app — a lot of this material is frequently bootlegged onto YouTube in inferior-looking versions. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Boomerang and Crunchyroll: Of Old Cartoons and Fresh Anime," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of bootleg

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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Dictionary Entries near bootleg

bootjack

bootlace

Bootle

bootleg

bootlegger

bootless

bootlick

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bootleg

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance
: alcohol that is made or sold illegally

bootleg

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bootleg

noun
boot·​leg

Legal Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something bootlegged

Other Words from bootleg

bootleg adjective

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging

Legal Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license
2 : smuggle — compare pirate

intransitive verb

: to engage in bootlegging

Other Words from bootleg

bootlegger noun

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