buttlegging

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of butt +‎ bootlegging

Noun[edit]

buttlegging (uncountable)

  1. (informal) The smuggling of cigarettes.
    • 1977, Time (volume 110, issues 19-26, page 84)
      Massachusetts Democrat Edward Kennedy, who conducted Senate buttlegging hearings last month, says that the Mob's infiltration has led to "increasing violent crime: extortion and bribery, truck hijackings, armed robberies, serious assaults []