smuggle
verb (smuggled; smuggling) Etymology: Low German smuggeln & Dutch smokkelen Date: 1687 transitive verb 1. to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law 2. to convey or introduce surreptitiously intransitive verb to import or export something in violation of the customs laws • smuggler noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • smuggle — v. 1) (D; tr.) to smuggle across (to smuggle goods across a border) 2) (D; tr.) to smuggle by, past, through (to smuggle a diamond past customs) 3) (D; tr.) to smuggle into (to smuggle currency into a country) 4) (D; tr.) to smuggle out of (to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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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