Bootleg definition

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(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.
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(football) A play in which the quarterback bootlegs.
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(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.
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(American football) A play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, conceals the ball against his hip, and rolls out.
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To make, sell, or transport (alcoholic liquor) for sale illegally.
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To produce, distribute, or sell without permission or illegally.

A clandestine outfit that bootlegs compact discs and tapes.

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To engage in the bootlegging of alcoholic liquor or another product.
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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.
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A product, especially alcoholic liquor, that is illicitly produced, distributed, or sold.
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The part of a boot above the instep.
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Produced, sold, or transported illegally.

Bootleg gin; bootleg tapes.

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To make, carry, or sell (esp. liquor) illegally.
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Bootlegged; illegal.
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The part of a boot that covers the leg.
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Something bootlegged; esp., bootlegged liquor, recordings, etc.
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To make or distribute something illegally, without required authorization or registration, or without payment of the appropriate taxes. Something that is made or distributed in such a fashion.
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(chiefly US) To make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor.
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To make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyright product.
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(intransitive) To engage in bootlegging.
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The part of a boot that is above the instep.
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An illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband.
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Illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bootleg
Plural:
bootlegs

Origin of bootleg

  • From a smuggler's practice of carrying liquor in the legs of boots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from the carrying of bottles of smuggled spirit in the legs of boots

    From Wiktionary