The purchase and conveyance of cigarettes, typically from a place where they are taxed less. A pun on the word "bootlegging," with "butt" being a reference to cigarette butts. Oh, buttlegging is the only way I can afford cigarettes these days, now that taxes in our area are so high!
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n. the transportation of untaxed or undertaxed cigarettes across a state line. (see also bootleg.) Most of the guys at the plant do buttlegging on the way home from work.
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