from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who illegally transports liquor across a border.
  • noun A boat used to transport liquor illegally across a border.

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  • noun someone who illegally smuggles liquor across a border


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  • When a rumrunner boat escaped a Coast Guard ship off Coney Island one summer day, thousands of people on the beach stood and cheered.

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  • Wait until the tax-payers figure out how much this new group going onto Medicaid is going to cost their state in additional taxes. rumrunner

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  • It took us a long time to get where we are today. rumrunner

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  • Bush is apparently "well qualified" considering the state he left the US in after an unpaid for Iraq-war-4-oil and a collapsed economy!!!! kudos to GW Bush for ruining the USA!!! rumrunner

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  • The book is a new installment in what the author dubbed the Albany Cycle, a series that includes "Ironweed" and "Billy Phelan" and that began in 1975 with "Legs," a novel about the Gatsby-esque rise and fall of Prohibition rumrunner Jack Diamond.

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  • In a single year the steamer Underwriter was seized four times, auctioned four times, and returned four times to its role as a rumrunner at the eastern end of Long Island Sound.


  • The rumrunner replied affably, “Not if I can help it.”


  • Like rumrunner Bill McCoy he was a teetotaler, his perspective on liquor unaffected by personal tastes or unclouded by personal habit.


  • I may have on occasion sunk to record production, when I was unable to find more respectable work as a forger or rumrunner, but it is not something I would wish to see in the first paragraph of my obituary.


  • A few years earlier, when a Coast Guard cutter in hot pursuit of a Lake Erie rumrunner ran aground near Port Colborne, Ontario, it was looted and ransacked by a crowd of locals, its wiring cut, its cylinders filled with sand.



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