Definition of blind tiger in English:

blind tiger

(also blind pig)


North American
  • An illegal bar.

    • ‘Evidence presented to the grand jury at Waverly, Tenn., may send a justice of the peace, a physician, and the sexton of a church to the penitentiary for running a ‘blind tiger’ in the basement of the church.’
    • ‘In 1864, the owner of a blind pig in Manchester, New Hampshire brought a suit to recover money damages for the destruction of his bar.’
    • ‘And it planted new trees and grass to provide picturesque views to take the place of the smoky, smelly interior of a blind tiger - views in the Romantic idiom that idealized nature as a setting for polite middle class social interaction.’
    • ‘It transcended its use as a cracker repository when it became the home of a blind tiger establishment.’
    • ‘While there is no question that corrupt policemen protected tenderloin brothels, ‘blind pigs,’ and gambling dens, the police took their lead from judges as well as ring politicians.’


Mid 19th century: probably so named to evade prohibition laws, the bars being disguised as exhibition halls for the display of natural curiosities.