racketeering [rak-i-teer-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. the practice of conducting or engaging in a racket, as extortion or bootlegging.

Origin of racketeering An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racketeer + -ing1 Related formsan·ti·rack·e·teer·ing, adjective racketeer [rak-i-teer] noun

  1. a person engaged in a racket.

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in a racket.

Origin of racketeer An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; racket1 + -eer Examples from the Web for racketeering Contemporary Examples of racketeering

  • His weapons charges have been tossed, and racketeering could be next.

    Could El Chapo Go Free?

    Michael Daly

    November 19, 2014

  • But that tenure ended when he was sent to prison for five years on a racketeering charge.

    Former Providence Mayor & Ex-Con Buddy Cianci’s Redemption Tour Goes Bust

    David Freedlander

    November 4, 2014

  • In 2001, Edwards was found guilty on charges of racketeering and sentenced to ten years in Federal prison.

    Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks! How Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker are Running While Under Investigation

    Olivia Nuzzi

    August 29, 2014

  • Whatever skills it takes to succeed in espionage or racketeering, I patently lack.

    Vaccines Are Poison, Cellphones Cause Cancer, and Other Medical Conspiracies

    Russell Saunders

    July 18, 2014

  • Blackmail, extortion, and racketeering were considered acceptable.

    Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?

    Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky

    March 9, 2014

  • Historical Examples of racketeering

  • It was a shame that he should be imprisoned when racketeering rats like Scorio went scot-free right here in New York.


    Clifford Donald Simak

  • British Dictionary definitions for racketeering racketeer noun

    1. a person engaged in illegal enterprises for profit


    1. (intr) to operate a racket

    Derived Formsracketeering, noun Word Origin and History for racketeering racketeer

    1928 (noun and verb), from racket (n.1) + -eer. Related: Racketeering (1928).

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