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Slang word for “Black Market” foods during WWII

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Hello, everyone. While researching a story set during World War II, I came across an item—a section of someone’s diary, I believe—where they used a slang term for illegally acquired meat. For the life of me, I can’t recall where I saw the term.

What was the term for food bought on the black market during World War II?

Thanks in advance to all who might help with this question.
 

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All I have to offer is decent (I hope) guesses: rationed, contraband, bootlegged, under-the-counter, smuggled, illicit, unauthorized, clandestine...

I'm not a linguist by any means, but the term black market existed before WWII, when its use grew exponentially with the onset of rationing.

Maryn, who's bought a black-market item or two in her day
 

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All I have to offer is decent (I hope) guesses: rationed, contraband, bootlegged, under-the-counter, smuggled, illicit, unauthorized, clandestine...

I'm not a linguist by any means, but the term black market existed before WWII, when its use grew exponentially with the onset of rationing.

Maryn, who's bought a black-market item or two in her day

Thank you. It seems I haven’t made myself clear enough. It’s not a synonym I seek, but a specific term for rationed food items during WWII—beef in particular, in this instance—and I came across it last year as I read a journal/diary book written by a WWII veteran. I’ve searched the Internet to the best of my ability (without much to go on, mind you), and I was hoping to not have to read the book again to find the author’s one-time use of it. It seems that’s exactly what I’ll need to do. If and when I discover the word, I’ll post it here for all to see. Thanks again!

EDIT TO ADD: Unfortunately, the book has no index where I might try to look up the word, which, if memory serves me correctly, began with the letter “b.”
 
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Do you mean bully or bully beef? That's just another term for corned beef.

Or barrow-boys? Market traders.

Or the barras. That's a Glasgow area.
 
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Do you mean bully or bully beef? That's just another term for corned beef.

Or barrow-boys? Market traders.

Or the barras. That's a Glasgow area.

Thank you, but no, it’s none of those you suggested. Again, it’s a term for food bought on the black market in the United States during World War II. The reference to it I read used it to describe some illegally purchased beef. But I believe anyone could use the same term for foods other than beef, although I must verify that presumption.

The veteran who wrote the book was not a talented writer. Their diary/journal book is a tedious read, but I’m slogging through it again. I’m taking notes this time, as I ought to have done the first time, so at least I will gain something from the effort.

When I rediscover the term I seek, I’ll post it here for everyone's edification.
 

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A quick Google throws up 'bootleg beef'.

Good luck.
 
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