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  • noun Plural form of boodler.


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  • Counterfeiters -- known as "boodlers" in the underground slang of the time -- were mostly technically skilled printers who had gone to the bad.

    The Hacker Crackdown

  • Mo., is considered one of the most high-handed "boodlers" in America, and who has had a number of his "dupes" placed in the state penitentiary and kept himself out of the same institution by a

    Thirty Years In Hell Or, From Darkness to Light

  • It was my fortune to know very well some of the so-called "boodlers" of this county, being officially associated with them in my hospital work.

    The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U. S. A., 1893, With Portraits, Biographies and Addresses

  • Speculators and 'boodlers' had 'monkeyed' with the finances, and the vast scheme is a failure.

    Asiatic Breezes Students on The Wing

  • Thomas Watson, a leader of the populist movement, denounced an entire roster of villains that included "boodlers, monopolists, gamblers, gigantic corporations, bondholders [and] bankers."

    The Outrage Factor

  • But when he wasn't writing about the Cubs (whom he thought were cursed by their racially backward ownership under the Wrigleys, not by a goat), or answering hostile reader mail with laugh-out-loud retorts, Royko was the bard of the boodlers.

    We Need Royko

  • The scale of the corruption is far bigger than needed to acquire villas in Provence and Switzerland and townhouses in London and NYC -- the usual destinations for ambitious boodlers.

    Tortured Testimony of Sec. Rice On Iraq Corruption

  • (The really cheesy lowlife boodlers merely upgraded real bills by altering face values, changing ones to fives, tens to hundreds, and so on.)

    The Hacker Crackdown

  • Wood, who was also Keeper of the Capital Prison, had a sideline as a counterfeiting expert, bagging boodlers for the federal bounty money.

    The Hacker Crackdown

  • Wood's social message to the once-impudent boodlers bore an eerie ring of Sundevil: "It was also my purpose to convince such characters that it would no longer be healthy for them to ply their vocation without being handled roughly, a fact they soon discovered."

    The Hacker Crackdown


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