from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Upper Midwest & Western U.S. See blind tiger.

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  • n. a blind tiger or speakeasy
  • n. A police officer who has been bribed to ignore illegal activities.


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  • 'He started off across the lot toward a shack at the edge of the village. Zeena watched him go.

    "I'll bet that joint is a blind pig," she said to Stan.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    July 1, 2012

  • "In mid-1902 about half of the city's Minneapolis's candy stores were fronts for whorehouses; opium dens and unlicensed saloons called blind pigs operated openly along the Mississippi River; and the local gambling kingpin drew a salary as a police detective."
    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 237

    October 28, 2008

  • A speakeasy.

    January 5, 2008