What is the origin of the word “bootleg”?
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The New Oxford American Dictionary has:
To give you a little when and where that can't be found with a point and click, I searched for earliest print references of the smuggling sense of bootleg. Most mention Kansas, the first state to pass prohibition laws in 1880, but there is also this early reference from Iowa in the Pharmaceutical Record, Volume 9, 1889:
The first Kansas reference is from the Biennial Report of the Attorney-General of Kansas, Volume 1, 1889:
And we get our first definition of the term from B. R. Porter, Probate Judge of Anderson County, Kansas, in The Economics of Prohibition, 1890, requoted from an 1889 report in The Voice:
Originally bootleg liquor, it came from smuggling a flask hidden between your boot and your leg
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