AskDefine | Define bootlegging

Dictionary Definition

bootleg adj : distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes" [syn: black, black-market, contraband, smuggled]


1 whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash [syn: moonshine, corn liquor]
2 the part of a boot above the instep


1 sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol; "They were bootlegging whiskey"
2 produce or distribute illegally; "bootleg tapes of the diva's singing" [also: bootlegging, bootlegged]bootlegging


1 the act of making of transporting alcoholic liquor for sale illegally; "the Prohibition amendment made bootlegging profitable"
2 the act of selling illegally or without permission; "the bootlegging of video tapes is common in the Orient"bootlegging See bootleg

User Contributed Dictionary



From leg + ing


  1. present participle of bootleg

Extensive Definition

Bootleg or Bootlegging usually refers to making, transporting and/or selling illegal alcoholic liquor or copyrighted material; the term originates from concealing flasks of alcohol in the legging of boots. Bootleg may also refer to:
Bootlegger- a person who makes liquer or hard drinks* Bootleg recording, an otherwise unavailable audio or video recording distributed without the artist's consent
bootlegging in German: Bootleg
bootlegging in Indonesian: Bootleg
bootlegging in Dutch: Bootleg
bootlegging in Japanese: ブートレグ
bootlegging in Norwegian: Bootleg
bootlegging in Polish: Bootleg
bootlegging in Finnish: Bootleg
bootlegging in Swedish: Bootleg
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