smuggle (someone or something) past (someone or something)

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smuggle (someone or something) past (someone or something)

To transport someone or something across some border or past a person or organization who monitors such a border in a surreptitious or hidden manner, especially when it is illegal to do so. A: "I really miss the fresh salami they make back home, but I can't bring it through customs with me." B: "I'll try to smuggle some past customs for you the next time I come to visit." They had been smuggling drugs past the border patrol by hiding them inside of tubs of ice cream.
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smuggle someone or something past

(someone or something) to move something past a guard or monitor illegally and in secret. We failed in our attempt to smuggle Mary past the border. It is easy to smuggle wine past the border guards.
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Heaven knows how he managed to smuggle them past the fashion police at Weatherbys, but I'm glad he did.
The couple camped out in the woods for 13 days after Sydney bribed a lorry driver by giving him his watch to smuggle them past a police road block at the border.