transitive verb[with object]
1Move (goods) illegally into or out of a country.
- ‘he's been smuggling cigarettes from Gibraltar into Spain’
- 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Convey (someone or something) somewhere secretly and illicitly.
bring illegally, take illegally, run, sneakView synonyms
- ‘he smuggled out a message’
Late 17th century from Low German smuggelen, of unknown ultimate origin.
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