Smuggle



to import or export (goods) secretly, in violation of the law, especially without payment of legal duty.
to bring, take, put, etc., surreptitiously:
She smuggled the gun into the jail inside a cake.
to import, export, or convey goods surreptitiously or in violation of the law.
Contemporary Examples

You would need metal detectors in case a disgruntled student tried to smuggle in a weapon.
After Newtown, Can We Make Our Schools Safe? Lauren Ashburn December 17, 2012

As the violence endures, more men are heading back to Syria to smuggle in medicine and arms, and join the Free Syrian Army.
Pregnant Women Flee Syria Sophia Jones, Erin Banco April 16, 2012

The perpetual problem is the ease with which criminals obtain guns in more lax states and smuggle them into New York.
As More Kids Die, Handguns Still a Bigger Threat Than Assault Rifles Michael Daly January 28, 2013

When Hecht, now 91, was arrested, he was in the process of writing a colorful memoir that read like a “how to smuggle art” manual.
Stolen Aphrodite Returns Barbie Latza Nadeau December 10, 2010

Reporters took grave risks; we had to smuggle out two of them marked for death (by IRA and loyalist paramilitaries).
Bloody Sunday: How the Truth Came Out Harold Evans June 15, 2010

Historical Examples

Perhaps he would even have to lurk in the woods, awaiting his opportunity to smuggle his liquor to the men.
Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White

Could she not smuggle him up-stairs after her father had had his supper and retired to his bedroom?
The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum

La Palatine had counted upon the general confusion to smuggle herself in and to create a precedent.
Louis XIV and La Grande Mademoiselle Arvede Barine

He’ll stay behind and carry out your vacation while we smuggle you away.
Security Poul William Anderson

We were searched, and our maps and compasses and diaries taken, except from K., who managed to smuggle his map through.
A Kut Prisoner H. C. W. Bishop

verb
to import or export (prohibited or dutiable goods) secretly
(transitive; often foll by into or out of) to bring or take secretly, as against the law or rules
(transitive) foll by away. to conceal; hide
v.

“import or export secretly and contrary to law,” 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see smuggler). Related: Smuggled; smuggling.

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