Bootleg



alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.
the part of a boot that covers the leg.
something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization:
a flurry of bootlegs to cash in on the rock star’s death.
to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
to make, transport, or sell something, especially liquor, illegally or without registration or payment of taxes.
made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
illegal or clandestine.
of or relating to bootlegging.
Contemporary Examples

A True Tough Guy: The Mafia, Gays, and Michael Sam’s Boyfriend Michael Daly May 14, 2014
The Inside Story of Johnny Cash’s Legendary Lost LP, ‘Out Among the Stars’ Andrew Romano March 17, 2014
NYPD Scandals Obscure the Decency of the Majority, Cops Say Michael Daly November 10, 2011
Behind the Krokodil Panic Abby Haglage November 6, 2013
Iran’s Hot Sex-Ed DVD Babak Dehghanpisheh July 13, 2011

Historical Examples

Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
Heart of the West O. Henry
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930 Various

verb -legs, -legging, -legged
to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
noun
something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
adjective
produced, distributed, or sold illicitly: bootleg whisky, bootleg tapes
n.

To make or sell illegal whiskey and other illegally repackaged products such as music recordings, movies, etc (1906+)
To carry the ball deceptively by holding it against the leg, esp after pretending to hand it off to another player (1950s+ Football)

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