Origin of bootlegin allusion to concealing objects in the leg of a high boot
- the part of a boot that covers the leg
- something bootlegged; esp., bootlegged liquor, recordings, etc.
- Football a type of play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff to a running back and then runs, usually around the defensive end, with the ball held hidden behind a hip
verbboot·legged, boot·leg·ging, boot·legs
- To make, sell, or transport (alcoholic liquor) for sale illegally.
- To produce, distribute, or sell without permission or illegally: a clandestine outfit that bootlegs compact discs and tapes.
- To engage in the bootlegging of alcoholic liquor or another product.
- To attach a transmitter to a dish antenna, creating an uplink via which a signal is sent to a satellite without the knowledge of the satellite's owner.
- Football To fake a hand-off, conceal the ball on the hip, and roll out in order to pass or especially to rush around the end. Used of a quarterback.
- A product, especially alcoholic liquor, that is illicitly produced, distributed, or sold.
- The part of a boot above the instep.
- Football A play in which the quarterback bootlegs.
Origin of bootlegFrom a smuggler's practice of carrying liquor in the legs of boots.
(third-person singular simple present bootlegs, present participle bootlegging, simple past and past participle bootlegged)
- illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated
from the carrying of bottles of smuggled spirit in the legs of boots
bootleg - Legal Definition