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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, depriving big companies of income.
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"bootleg" in British English

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bootlegadjective

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

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

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

bootlegverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/ us   /ˈbuːt.leɡ/ -gg-
bootlegger
noun [C] uk   /ˈbuːt.leɡ.ər/ us   /ˈbuːt.leɡ.ɚ/
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"bootleg" in Business English

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bootlegadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈbuːtleɡ/ us   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   /ˈbuːtleɡ/ us   -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 caught recording 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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