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  • n  whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
  • n  the part of a boot above the instep
  • v  sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol
    They were bootlegging whiskey
  • v  produce or distribute illegally
    bootleg tapes of the diva's singing
  • s  distributed or sold illicitly

  • Last winter 2,500 tons of bootleg coal per day was pouring into the New York City area alone.
  • Music rip-off artists go upscale with CDs, but the stars fight back with bootleg albums of their own.
  • Obsessively researched, beautifully written, Chang's book is the funky, bootleg, B-side remix of late--20th century American history.
News & Articles

  • Will D. Campbell | Civil-rights activist, 88
    The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a self-described "bootleg preacher" who became one of the most prominent white clergymen in the South to fight for racial equality during the civil-rights movement, died June 3 at a nursing home in Nashville.
    June 9, 2013 -

  • Woody Guthrie in Chicago Sun-Times
    Basically, it's an early bootleg,says Guthrie, youngest surviving child of the legendary folk-music balladeer.
  • Darrell Waltrip in Kansas City Star
    Junior was a simple man, but he had an amazing mind,Waltrip said. "He was a genius. He could look at something and take something and feel it and watch it work, and then make it better. Junior could improvise. He created the 'bootleg...
  • Drew Brees in Seattle Post Intelligencer
    They have some aggressive players, some football players that come on the ball. We felt that coming out on that bootleg that we felt like we could get Joe to run and get them. It went just like we expected,said Brees.

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