Smuggle
Smuggle Smug"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Smuggled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Smuggling}.] [Of Low German or Scand. origin; cf. LG. smuggeln, D. smokkelen, G. schmuggeln, Dan. smugle, Sw. smyga to introduce or convey secretly, Dan. i smug secretly, D. smuigen to eat in secret, AS. sm?gan to creep. See {Smock}.] 1. To import or export secretly, contrary to the law; to import or export without paying the duties imposed by law; as, to smuggle lace. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To convey or introduce clandestinely. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • smuggle — smug‧gle [ˈsmʌgl] verb [transitive] LAW to take something or someone illegally from one country to another: smuggle something into/​out of • They caught her trying to smuggle drugs into France. • The silver was found in Yugoslavia and smuggled… …   Financial and business terms

  • smuggle — smug·gle / smə gəl/ vb smug·gled, smug·gling vt: to import or export secretly and illegally esp. to avoid paying duties or to evade enforcement of laws smuggle drugs convicted of smuggling weapons vi: to export or import something in violation of …   Law dictionary

  • Smuggle — Smug gle, v. i. To import or export in violation of the customs laws. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smuggle — (v.) 1680s, of Low German or Dutch origin (see SMUGGLER (Cf. smuggler)). Related: Smuggled; smuggling …   Etymology dictionary

  • smuggle — [v] transfer illegal goods bootleg, deal, export, hide, moonshine*, pirate, push, run, run contraband*, run rum*, snake in*; concept 192 …   New thesaurus

  • smuggle — ► VERB 1) move (goods) illegally into or out of a country. 2) convey secretly and illicitly. DERIVATIVES smuggler noun smuggling noun. ORIGIN Low German smuggelen …   English terms dictionary

  • smuggle — [smug′əl] vt. smuggled, smuggling [< LowG smuggeln, akin to OE smugan, to creep: for IE base see SMOCK] 1. to bring into or take out of a country secretly, under illegal conditions or without paying the required import or export duties 2. to… …   English World dictionary

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  • smuggle — 01. He was arrested for trying to [smuggle] drugs across the border. 02. In certain countries, drug [smugglers] are sentenced to death. 03. The plane crashed after a bomb which had been [smuggled] on board by a suicidal man exploded in the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • smuggle — verb (T) 1 to take something or someone illegally from one country to another: smuggle sth into/out of: They caught her trying to smuggle drugs into France. | smuggle sth through customs (=to illegally take something past the officials who check… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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