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- n. A Southern and Midland U.S. term for a place where alcohol is sold illegally; a speakeasy.
For under-30 readers we explain that a blind tiger was the name given to an illegal drinking establishment. . . .In some parts of the country it was called a blind pig.
In the effort to tear out the fountain head of the illicit liquir traffic, the city of Memphis went into the blind tiger business recently with the result that eight wholesale liquor dealers made sales to agents of Capt. John M. Couch, in charge of the special law enforcement squad, according to that police officer.
This phrase comes from the early custom of exhibiting animal curiosities in speakeasies.