• WordNet 3.6
    • n smuggling secretly importing prohibited goods or goods on which duty is due
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousands years. Anyone found trying to smuggle silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country was immediately put to death
    • n smuggling The offense of carrying, or causing to be carried, across the boundary of a nation or district, goods which are dutiable, without either paying the duties or allowing the goods to be subjected to the revenue laws; or the like carrying of goods the transit of which is prohibited. In a more general sense it is applied to the violation of legal restrictions on transit, whether by revenue laws or blockades, and the violation of excise laws, by introducing into trade or consumption prohibited articles, or articles evading taxation. In either use it implies clandestine evasion of law.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1727, as a result of seedlings smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first were cultivated in Brazil. Brazil is presently by far the world's largest producer of coffee.
    • Smuggling defrauding the government of revenue by the evasion of custom-duties or excise-taxes
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low Ger. smuggeln, cog. with Ger. schmuggeln; Dut. smuigen, to eat secretly.


In literature:

The officials took good care that no goods should be smuggled on board without a boleta.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
And yet I am very apprehensive, at times, of the consequences of Miss Howe's smuggling scheme.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Smith must get him smuggled aboard, and bribe the hands to let him lie hidden in the fo'c's'le.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
It was in the year 1761 that the great smuggling trade corrupted the west coast.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
With money, or influence, or both, she was rescued from some dreadful hole, and smuggled to England.
"The Port of Adventure" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Neither am I obliged to smuggle, in order to avoid it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Neither am I obliged to smuggle, in order to avoid it.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
I am not sure it would be pleasant to smuggle in such a vessel, though your contraband is a merry trade, after all.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
Just across the frontier in Burma, opium is grown freely and much is smuggled into Yuen-nan.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
In smuggling days, clerks, like many of their betters, were not immaculate.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield

In poetry:

Lack of work and lack of victuals,
A debauch of smuggled whisky,
And his children in the workhouse
Made the world so black a riddle
"Suicide" by William Ernest Henley
"On your bosom wear this plaster,
'Twill defend you from the cold;
In your pipe smoke this canaster,
Smuggled 'tis, my love, and old.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then, when the crack
Of doom rolls back
The marble and the earth that hide me,
I'll smuggle home
Each precious tome,
Without a fear my wife shall chide me!
"De Amicitiis" by Eugene Field
Where are the helicopters of U.S. AID?
Smuggling dope in Bangkok's green shade.
Where is America's Air Force of Light?
Bombing North Laos all day and all night?
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

But it appears based on the story that the main link is more via money laundering than drug smuggling per se.
Drugs found on South Florida beaches recalls smuggling heyday.
"The X Factor" boss, 52, met the girl in a Los Angeles nightclub and smuggled her back to his hotel.
Undocumented immigrants and drug smuggling are some of the issues the border patrol faces every day.
Sadie, a three-week-old pig , was smuggled into the event by Mark Newman of Newman Farm.
Prosecutors say Joel Miller somehow smuggled the weapon into the United States during a 14-month tour of duty in Iraq, then boasted to friends about the weapon's origins.
Smuggling cell phones into California prisons will now result in fines and extra prison time under a bill signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown.
Juárez police seized a ton and a half of US potatoes found in the bed of a pickup during a suspected smuggling attempt last week.
Miami man faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly trying to smuggle birds in his pants.
Santa Barbara- There's increased concern about the security of our borders, in wake of the latest panga smuggling incident that killed Coast Guard Officer, Terrell Horne in early December.
What's the holiday season without a little "white" chocolate ?Authorities busted a woman at JFK Airport over the weekend — for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine inside Swiss.
Rockets, Cigarettes And A Lion: Just A Few Of The Things Smuggled Into Gaza.
Woman smuggles cocaine in breast implants.
Brampton trucker found not guilty of smuggling $7 million worth of cocaine .
Acclaimed architect gets 6 months in prison for smuggling cocaine into U.S. On December 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM.

In science:

Recent interest in the problem has been revived due to the threat of smuggling of nuclear materials .
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
Pan, F., Charlton, W., Morton, D.P.: Interdicting smuggled nuclear material.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
In the second step we used the identity (3.14a) (note the usefulness of In the first step we used (3.17). smuggling in Gaa in the previous step).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices