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  • search for contraband at the border
  • search for contraband goods
  • Her grapefruit box was packed with contraband these days, all of it from Parků.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • We wash our jumpsuits, shine our boots, scrub the barracks floor and the latrine, clean our rifles, pass around dirty magazines, and swap other contraband like candy and chewing gum.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • I would never get used to the cough part of this drill, which was supposed to reveal contraband hidden in one’s privates—it was just so unnatural.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • At the infamous Gestapo headquarters—that terrible Warsaw simulacrum of Satan’s antechamber—the ham lay unwrapped and pinkly glistening on the desk between herself, handcuffed, and a hyperactive, monocled zealot who almost exactly resembled Otto Kruger and who demanded to know where she had obtained this contraband.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • If you deliver contraband items, you will be imprisoned yourself.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • He tells God he doesn’t want to haul contraband, but it’s the only way to help the migrants.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • But in this case she was no child hiding stolen contraband: she struck out at her victim— of necessity she must put him away from her— he must be removed from her presence, from this world.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Men would deftly pass contraband, or the men bearing it, around during the searches, while the guards’ backs were turned.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken

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  • That ship, my friends, was the first of recorded smugglers! the contraband was Jonah.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • "Why," replied he, "I think it just possible Dantes may have been detected with some trifling article on board ship considered here as contraband."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Underneath his legal vegetables were the contraband humans that he ferried across the river.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • Mulch started, contraband dropping from his sleeves.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • They crossed the street and came to a corner crowded with smoky gwormmy-kabob grills and crystal smugglers hawking contraband.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • I left with my contraband, glancing back to see that J was staring after me, his expression a mixture of anxiety and regret.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The contraband salt dealer escapes the royal gibbets, and with a rope’s end round his neck, mounts the white cockade.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now Mr. Davis had declared limes a contraband article, and solemnly vowed to publicly ferrule the first person who was found breaking the law.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The smoke and heat were becoming overwhelming: Below them the cursed fire was consuming the contraband of generations of hunted students, the guilty outcomes of a thousand banned experiments, the secrets of the countless souls who had sought refuge in the room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • This stuff"—he pointed a finger at the crate—"this is illegal contraband.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Alone for the holiday, too, fixing English-muffin pizzas in a contraband toaster oven.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • I’m still worried she might have spotted our work, but Sonia says that woman has a different kind of contraband in mind.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • The corrupt military has its own sources of income, contraband, drugs and protection rackets.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers, while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins, such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper gamecocks.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • A certain portion of his time was passed at Cambridge, where he read with undergraduates as a sort of tolerated smuggler who drove a contraband trade in European languages, instead of conveying Greek and Latin through the Custom-house.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • So gradually the tone of the army chiefs changed; Congress forbade the rendition of fugitives, and Butler’s "contrabands" were welcomed as military laborers.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • They were likely looking for any contraband, but he also knew that anything was possible.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute, or desire of victory; and, to prevent warmth, all expressions of positiveness in opinions, or direct contradiction, were after some time made contraband, and prohibited under small pecuniary penalties.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It was also the time when he happened to find in one of his mother’s trunks a liter bottle of the cologne that the sailors from the Hamburg-American Line sold as contraband, and he could not resist the temptation to sample it in order to discover other tastes of his beloved.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Frankly most of them were criminals — smugglers of narcotics, gold, guns, jewels, all kinds of contraband.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He was known in Singapore as a reclusive figure, very powerful in contraband operations, and extraordinarily ruthless.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • I knew the drill: they would shake out his clothes to make sure there was no contraband hidden, then tell him to get dressed again.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • "Mandela," the officer said, "we are charging you for possession of contraband, and you will pay for this."
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I followed the other women into an ante-room, where we were searched for contraband and examined for appropriate dress.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • "Is there liquor in Lamb Pignetti’s press?" he said, flinging open Pig’s steel locker, and lifting up the stacks of folded laundry, he searched for contraband material.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Those burros I told about were packed with contraband goods.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I would lunge for the head, prying open his jaws and nabbing the contraband.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • One of the biggest contraband shipments we came across that winter were dates.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Emily dropped her voice as if she were discussing selling contraband on the black market.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Any such attributes were "contraband language" in America.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • A market doesn’t simply shut down when its goods become contraband.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • He had it shipped to a florist on Vegas II, one with a dubious reputation for dealing in contraband flora.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He was a Cambodian and no saint by any means, but he knew all the contraband trails, so he was your point.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • France uses more than twenty thousand army troops to enforce their commercial regulations against contraband.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The Spanish argued that they had no control over renegade elements of society or the destinations of their contraband.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Selling contraband cigarettes and inferior liquor at steadily rising prices, he was on the way to building up a small fortune.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I had been thinking purely in terms of a diamond-smuggling operation, with him as the natural disposer of the contraband stones.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The customs men checked the cab for contraband and breezed through our bags and we were in our rented car in a matter of minutes.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I have a buyer in Los Angeles who’s interested in the carvings-should bring in fifty, and that’s without the contraband.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Dad and I would go to the zoo early in the morning, just the two of us, When the coast was clear, I would throw my contraband peanuts to the monkeys.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
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