smuggle

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From earlier smuckle, either from Dutch smokkelen (to smuggle), a frequentative form of Middle Dutch smūken (to act secretly, be sneaky), or from Dutch Low Saxon or German Low German smuggeln. The Dutch and Low German words are both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *smeuganą (to snuggle, cling to), from Proto-Indo-European *smewk-, *smewg- (to slip, glide; be slimy). Cognate with Saterland Frisian smukkeln (to move insidiously, smuggle), West Frisian smokkelje (to smuggle), German schmuggeln (to smuggle), Danish smugle (to smuggle), Swedish smuggla (to smuggle). Related also to Icelandic smjúga (to creep, penetrate), Swedish smyga (to sneak, slip, crawl, lurk, steal), German schmiegen (to nestle, wrap, snuggle), Old English smēogan, smūgan (to creep, crawl, move gradually, penetrate).

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smuggle (third-person singular simple present smuggles, present participle smuggling, simple past and past participle smuggled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To import or export, illicitly or by stealth, without paying lawful customs charges or duties
  2. (transitive) To bring in surreptitiously
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]
      While Collins does include a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and other YA-friendly elements in the mix, they serve as a Trojan horse to smuggle readers into a hopeless world where love becomes a stratagem and growing up is a matter of basic survival.
  3. (slang) To thrash or be thrashed by a bear's claws, or to swipe at or be swiped at by a person's arms in a bearlike manner.

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