rum·​run·​ner | \ ˈrəm-ˌrə-nər How to pronounce rumrunner (audio) \

Definition of rumrunner

: a person or ship engaged in bringing prohibited liquor ashore or across a border

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Other Words from rumrunner

rum-running \ ˈrəm-​ˌrə-​niŋ How to pronounce rum-running (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of rumrunner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were followed by San Franciscans who had lost their homes in the earthquake and fires of 1906, and then by opportunistic bootleggers and rumrunners. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 But the America's Cup rumrunners travel at gale force speeds. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 The museum is also home to the Prohibition-era Coast Guard Cutter McClane, which was commissioned in 1927 to hunt rumrunners and bootleggers. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018 Other presidents have used it to absolve pirates, participants in tax rebellions, ex-Confederates, polygamous Mormons, socialists, anarchists, rumrunners, Puerto Rican nationalists, Vietnam War draft-dodgers, and Jimmy Hoffa. Matt Ford, The Atlantic, "President Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio," 25 Aug. 2017 Williams’ narrative offers a tropical milieu of rumrunners, skulduggery, concealed identity, dangerous complications for Virginia and her toddler daughter Evelyn — and lots of entertainment for readers. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "9 sunny new novels for beach reading," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of rumrunner

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rumrunner was in 1917

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“Rumrunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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