matute
matute
masculine noun
1. (colloquial) (illegal trading) 
a. smuggling 
El dinero que tenía Camilo provenía del matute y de otros asuntos turbios.The money Camilo had came from smuggling and other shady business.
b. no direct translation 
Los atracadores sacaban del país de matute los objetos robados.The robbers would smuggle the stolen goods out of the country.
Estaban metiendo licor de matute en el país.They were smuggling liquor into the country.
2. (colloquial) (illegal merchandise) 
Según el informe policial, el maletero del carro contenía matute.According to the police report, the trunk of the car contained smuggled goods.
La policía del aeropuerto encontró varias valijas llenas de matute abandonadas en los baños.The airport police found several suitcases full of contraband abandoned in the restrooms.
matute
1 (acto) smuggling; contraband
de matute (de contrabando) smuggled; contraband; (en secreto) secretly; on the sly; se colaron de matute they sneakily jumped the queue; introducir una idea de matute to surreptitiously slip an idea in
2 (géneros) smuggled goods
plural
; (p)
contraband
3 (casa de juego) gambling den
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