bootleg
   smuggled or stolen
   Originally it referred to intoxicants, supposedly from the bottles concealed on the legs when transporting supplies illegally to American Indians. Standard English of smuggled intoxicants during Prohibition:
    ... had got his hands on some bootleg liquor and was giving a party. (Theroux, 1978)
   Now of anything stolen. Also as a verb:
    Do you think... that he might come back and bootleg a copy and give it to you? (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991, reporting the cross-examination of Admiral Welander in 1971)
   A bootlegger is a smuggler or thief and a bootlegger turn is a rapid manoeuvre rotating a car through 180 degrees using the handbrake, to avoid a pursuing vehicle:
    The principal wasn't trained to drive, wouldn't have known how to perform the bootlegger turn. (Seymour, 1999)

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