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contraband

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Definition goods that are transported or sold illegally
  • search for contraband at the border
  • search for contraband goods
  • 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
  • contraband = illegal goods
  • 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
  • These slaves were referred to as "contrabands."
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • I demand the service of this contrabandist as my domestic until this day week.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • 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
  • Thank you, J. 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
  • Emily dropped her voice as if she were discussing selling contraband on the black market.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • 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
  • If you deliver contraband items, you will be imprisoned yourself.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Her grapefruit box was packed with contraband these days, all of it from Park....
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • 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
  • 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
  • A market doesn't simply shut down when its goods become contraband.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • The corrupt military has its own sources of income, contraband, drugs and protection rackets.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • Alone for the holiday, too, fixing English-muffin pizzas in a contraband toaster oven.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • They were likely looking for any contraband, but he also knew that anything was possible.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • 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
  • 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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