Bootleg Liquor : Phrases
Illegal liquor (not having tax paid for same).
Many police cases have been filed against him for his involvment in bootleg liquor .
In the days when horsemen wore long boots, their bootlegs were good places to hide things. The expression is first recorded in the U.S. (Nebraska) in 1889. By extension it came to mean any hidden goods, especially alcohol. Bootlegger came into use shortly after bootleg.
See our section on Bootleggers.
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