One gang is engaged in a violent conflict with another gang because of competing interests in making profits from selling illegal alcoholic beverages. What do you call that?

Suppose, it's

There were bootleg wars during the Prohibition in the US.

Which modifier should I choose 'bootleg/bootlegging/bootlegger wars'?

Google gives hardly any search results for all of them. What else then?


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There's no problem in using bootleg wars. Vannie Higgins was a mobster and a prominent bootlegger.

The page on Wikipedia has the whole section under the title -

Manhattan bootleg wars

Another possibility is bootleggers wars, but you may need an apostrophe

"bootleggers' wars"

A google book says:

St Louis was wide open to the bootleggers' wars

  • What about the other two? Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 7:51
  • I already said about it - the one with an apostrophe. And, bootlegging wars is also fine. Chicago's bootlegging wars is quite known.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 8:17
  • What about 'bootlegger wars'? Is it wrong? Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 9:12

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