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English definition of “bootleg”

bootleg

adjective uk   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/ us  

bootleg adjective (ILLEGAL)

illegally made, copied, or sold: bootleg CDs/liquorLegal and illegal

bootleg adjective (TROUSERS)

(also bootcut) describes trousers that are slightly wider at the ankle than at the knee: bootleg jeansThe style, appearance, and make-up of clothes
bootlegs
noun [plural] uk   /-leɡz/ us  
bootleg trousers: a pair of bootlegsTrousers

bootleg

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/ (-gg-) us  
to illegally make, copy, or sell somethingForgeryCopying and copies
bootlegger
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
Miscellaneous criminals
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