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verb [transitive]     smuggle pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlesmuggling
past tensesmuggled
past participlesmuggled
  1. to take someone or something secretly and illegally into or out of a country, especially as a way of earning money

    The punishment is harsh for smuggling drugs into the country.

    1. a.
      to take someone or something into or out of a place against the rules
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