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"bootleg" in British English

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bootlegadjective

uk   us   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/
  • bootleg adjective (ILLEGAL)

illegally made, ​copied, or ​sold: bootleg CDs/​liquor
  • bootleg adjective (TROUSERS)

→  bootcut : bootleg ​jeans
bootlegs
noun [plural] uk   us   /-leɡz/
→  bootcuts : a ​pair of bootlegs

bootlegverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/ (-gg-)
bootlegger
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
(Definition of bootleg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bootleg" in American English

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bootlegadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈbutˌleɡ/
made ​illegally or ​copied: Bootleg ​DVDs are ​sold on the ​street.
bootleg
verb [I/T]  us   /ˈbutˌleɡ/ (-gg-)
[T] They bootleg ​software, ​deprivingbigcompanies of ​income.
(Definition of bootleg from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bootleg" in Business English

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bootlegadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈbuːtleɡ/ COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE, LAW
illegally made, ​copied, or ​sold: A bootleg ​version of the film was ​recorded at a ​private showing. Instead of ​buying the album, she ​downloaded a bootleg ​copy from the ​internet. a bootleg CD/​DVD/movie

bootlegverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈbuːtleɡ/ (-gg-) COMMERCE, E-COMMERCE, LAW
to ​illegally make, ​copy, or ​sell something: The movie has already been widely bootlegged.
bootlegger
noun [C]
In the US, bootleggers face up to three ​years in prison if they are ​caughtrecording a movie in a theater.
bootlegging
noun [U]
Almost one in two ​retailers in the UK ​claimed bootlegging in alcohol and tobacco had ​risen.
(Definition of bootleg from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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