- (Of alcoholic drink or a recording) made, distributed, or sold illegally: bootleg cassettesMore example sentences
- Alcohol was banned, yet many drank bootleg vodka.
- Scotland's deputy chief medical officer, Dr Andrew Fraser, warned anyone drinking the bootleg vodka could be in serious danger.
- In March, one woman died and another was left seriously ill after drinking bootleg vodka.
verb (bootlegs, bootlegging, bootlegged)[with object] Back to top
- Make, distribute, or sell (alcoholic drink or a recording) illegally: (as noun bootlegging) bootlegging is rife in AmericaMore example sentences
- They bootlegged liquor during the depression, then went legit.
- Trading standards bosses at North Yorkshire County Council say that over the past year, they have discovered a number of pubs putting bootlegged whisky, vodka and rum in popular branded bottles.
- It's also expected to cut down on the import of cheaper, bootlegged alcohol by lowering the cost of buying legally-ordered supplies.
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- An illegal musical recording, especially one made at a concert.More example sentences
- In an effort to transcend the dodgy sound quality and high prices of bootlegs, the band has recorded every concert over the past three years.
- ‘Your article focused on the dance community, but many of us are rock music fans and happen to buy concert bootlegs.’
- This is one of those Italian bootlegs of live concerts.
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- But there is still access to caves along the beach area once used by bootleggers during prohibition to smuggle in illegal booze from offshore boats.
- Pubs, clubs and people's homes were still the most common places for bootleggers to sell illicit goods.
- A bootlegger was today behind bars for his part in smuggling £1.6m worth of cigarettes into the country.
late 19th century: from the smugglers' practice of concealing bottles in their boots.