bootlegger boot‧leg‧ger [ˈbuːtˌlegə ǁ -ər] noun [countable]
someone who makes or sells something, especially alcohol, illegally:

• a former bootlegger, now a gambling mogul

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bootleg UK US /ˈbuːtleg/ adjective [before noun] COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE, LAW
illegally made, copied, or sold: »

A bootleg version of the film was recorded at a private showing.


Instead of buying the album, she downloaded a bootleg copy from the internet.


a bootleg CD/DVD/movie

bootleg UK US /ˈbuːtleɡ/ verb [I or T] (-gg-) COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE, LAW
to illegally make, copy, or sell something: »

The movie has already been widely bootlegged.

bootlegger noun [C]

In the US, bootleggers face up to three years in prison if they are caught recording a movie in a theater.

bootlegging noun [U]

Almost one in two retailers in the UK claimed bootlegging in alcohol and tobacco had risen.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • bootlegger — [ butlegɶr ] n. m. • 1925; mot angl. amér. « celui qui cache sa bouteille dans sa botte » ♦ Hist. Aux États Unis, Contrebandier d alcool, pendant la prohibition. Les bootleggers. ● bootlegger nom masculin (anglais bootlegger, de boot leg, jambe… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • bootlegger — noun black marketeer, contrabandist, gunrunner, illicit dealer, moonshiner, runner, smuggler associated concepts: prohibition, sale of intoxicating liquor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bootlegger — (n.) 1889, from BOOTLEG (Cf. bootleg) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bootlegger — Dieser Artikel behandelt Bootlegs in der Musikszene. Für eine weitere Bedeutung im Zusammenhang mit Schmuggel von verbotenen Waren, siehe Produktpiraterie. Seit Ende der 1990er versteht man unter Bootleg bzw. Bootlegging außerdem ein Musikstück,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bootlegger — Pour le fabricant de jeux vidéo illégaux, voir Bootlegger (jeu vidéo). Bootlegger est un terme américain qui signifie « l’homme qui cache une bouteille dans sa botte » et concerne tout particulièrement le trafic d alcool (bière, rhum,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bootlegger — Boot|leg|ger 〈[ bu:t ] m. 3; amerikan. Bez. für〉 1. 〈bes. zur Zeit der Prohibition〉 1.1 Alkoholschmuggler 1.2 jmd., der illegal Schnaps brennt 2. jmd., der illegalen Handel mit Raubkopien von (Live )Musikaufnahmen betreibt [engl.,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Bootlegger — Boot|leg|ger [ bu:t...] der; s, <aus engl. amerik. bootlegger »Schmuggler«> Alkoholschmuggler; jmd., der illegal Schnaps brennt (in den USA zur Zeit der ↑Prohibition 2) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • bootlegger — bootleg ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of alcoholic drink or a recording) made or distributed illegally. ► NOUN ▪ an illegal musical recording. DERIVATIVES bootlegger noun bootlegging noun. ORIGIN from a practice among smugglers of hiding bottles in their boots …   English terms dictionary

  • Bootlegger (jeu vidéo) — Pour pour le trafiquant d alcool, voir Bootlegger. Un bootlegger désigne un fabricant de jeux vidéo pirate. Sommaire 1 Description 2 Notes et références …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bootlegger, Vol. 1 — Infobox Album Name = Bootlegger, Vol. 1 Type = Live album Longtype = Artist = Grey DeLisle Released = 2003 Recorded = May 2003The Scene Glendale, CA Genre = Country Length = Label = Hummin bird Records Producer = Reviews = Last album =… …   Wikipedia

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