Definition of smuggle in English:

smuggle

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Move (goods) illegally into or out of a country:

    ‘he's been smuggling cigarettes from Gibraltar into Spain’
    ‘cocaine smuggling has increased alarmingly’
    • ‘Revenue was also busy cracking illegal cigarette and tobacco smuggling.’
    • ‘The pictures show baby lemurs from Madagascar that have been illegally smuggled into the country.’
    • ‘Velchev said they played a role in the smuggling of excise goods such as cigarettes and liquor.’
    • ‘So long as there is a demand for the produce, illegal excavations and the smuggling of antiquities will continue.’
    • ‘In the years after independence, Macedonia launched a clamp-down on cigarette smuggling.’
    • ‘The packets of cigarettes were being smuggled inside cans labelled as peas or beans.’
    • ‘Thailand's police are on the alert for an increase in smuggling of diesel oil at sea.’
    • ‘Strict penalties will be handed out to those involved in the smuggling or illegal collection of birds, he added.’
    • ‘In the border area of Entikong and Tebedu, timber smuggling is increasingly rife and openly practiced.’
    • ‘He faces up to 10 years in jail for illegally smuggling arms into India.’
    • ‘There are at least seven million legal weapons in Germany, but perhaps twice that number in illegal guns smuggled in.’
    • ‘He says his only link to the attack is an admission he hired two vans which he believed would be used for cigarette smuggling.’
    • ‘Organized crime uses our ports to smuggle everything from heroin to guns to illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘Armed robberies, fuel and cigarette smuggling, money-laundering and counterfeiting must also end.’
    • ‘They also have enforcement of copyright laws and tighter control on pirated goods being smuggled into the country.’
    • ‘To make sure the Merry Men did not get new hardware, he cracked down on smuggling and the black market.’
    • ‘Aren't almost all handguns used in crimes stolen or smuggled into the country illegally already?’
    • ‘Eight of the nine had previously pleaded guilty to being involved in the dealing of smuggling cigarettes.’
    • ‘Now the governments of the UK and Jamaica are spending £2m on a crackdown on cocaine smuggling.’
    • ‘The 1990s saw a massive increase in the smuggling of tobacco and cigarettes into the United Kingdom.’
    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Convey (someone or something) somewhere secretly and illicitly:
      ‘he smuggled out a message’
      • ‘Until last year the Singapore authorities gave people who smuggled gum into the country a year in jail.’
      • ‘As long as there is a market for the reptiles, then people will continue to smuggle them into the country.’
      • ‘Under Irish law a person cannot be prosecuted merely for helping to smuggle people into Ireland.’
      • ‘The mystery remained how the bombers managed to smuggle their explosives on board.’
      • ‘His father paid people traffickers to smuggle his son out of the country to try to start a new life in Britain.’
      • ‘While they do not expect thugs to try to smuggle weapons into the arena, they are aware of the potential for violence outside.’
      • ‘In three of these students were found to have secretly smuggled mobile phones into the examination rooms.’
      • ‘He has no idea that she has been down to the designer label store and has smuggled the illicit buys into the house in an Asda carrier bag.’
      • ‘Many illegal aliens pay thousands to be smuggled from Mexico into the United States.’
      • ‘Virtually, with every passing week, we discover people trying to smuggle explosives into Saudi Arabia.’
      • ‘An inquiry is under way after guns and fake explosives were smuggled on to a flight leaving Manchester Airport.’
      • ‘We learn that this job involves acting as a human storage device to smuggle cocaine into America.’
      • ‘The demand for designer dogs has people smuggling hundreds of puppies across the border.’
      • ‘Many of the Israeli army operations in the area involve finding and destroying a network of tunnels used to smuggle weapons and explosives from Egypt into Gaza.’
      • ‘The explosives were smuggled in to the prison and every thing was set for the date.’
      • ‘The film was smuggled into Indonesia aboard a repatriation ship and given a lot of publicity in the republican press.’
      • ‘One was posing as a baggage handler from London's International Airport, and he smuggled weapons aboard.’
      • ‘Malaysia has deported an Iraqi suspected of being the ringleader of a syndicate that smuggles people out of western Asia to Australia via Malaysia and Indonesia, the official news agency Bernama reported Wednesday.’
      • ‘Shah smuggled a video camera into Afghanistan to secretly film the reality of life under the Taliban.’
      • ‘Blackman is smuggled out of the country, given a new identity, and tucked away in a small town in Italy.’
      bring illegally, take illegally, run, sneak
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Origin

Late 17th century: from Low German smuggelen, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation:

smuggle

/ˈsmʌɡ(ə)l/