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.
See also: past, smuggle
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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.
See also: past, smuggle
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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