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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  • Bootlegging —   [ buːt ; zu englisch bootleg »Stiefelschaft«] das, s, in den USA umgangssprachliche Bezeichnung für Schmuggel und Schwarzhandel, v. a. mit Alkohol. Sie entstand in der amerikanischen Kolonialzeit (18. Jahrhundert), als beim verbotenen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bootlegging — also boot legging, 1890, from BOOTLEG (Cf. bootleg) (q.v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • bootlegging — Illegal traffic in liquor in the U.S. The term was probably first used to describe the practice of concealing flasks of illicit liquor in boot tops when going to trade with Indians. It became widely used in the 1920s when the 18th Amendment to… …   Universalium

  • bootlegging — noun 1. the act of making or transporting alcoholic liquor for sale illegally (Freq. 1) the Prohibition amendment made bootlegging profitable • Hypernyms: ↑selling, ↑merchandising, ↑marketing 2. the act of selling illegally or without permission… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bootlegging — Boot|leg|ging das; s <aus gleichbed. engl. amerik. bootlegging zu to bootleg »schmuggeln«> in den USA ugs. Bez. für Schmuggel u. Schwarzhandel …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • bootlegging — 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

  • Bootlegging (business) — In economics and business administration literature, Kenneth E. Knight introduced the notion bootlegging in 1967. Bootlegging is defined as research in which motivated individuals secretly organise the innovation process. It usually is a bottom… …   Wikipedia

  • bootlegging — boot·leg || buːtleg adj. produced or distributed illegally, made or sold in an illegal manner n. part of boot which covers the leg; something made or distributed or sold illegally (i.e. alcoholic beverages, musical recordings, etc.) v. make or… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bootlegging — noun (U) illegally making or selling alcohol bootlegger noun (C) bootleg verb (I, T) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bootlegging — See: bootleg …   English dictionary

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