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moonshine

[moon-shahyn] /ˈmunˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
Informal. smuggled or illicitly distilled liquor, especially corn liquor as illicitly distilled chiefly in rural areas of the southern U.S.
2.
empty or foolish talk, ideas, etc.; nonsense.
3.
the light of the moon; moonlight.
Origin
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English: moonlight. See moon, shine
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Examples for moonshine
  • Beverages of all types are sold, including illegally produced moonshine.
  • Lard seems as outdated as a wood-burning stove, as risky as a quart of moonshine.
  • He is free of any romantic moonshine about the moral charms of primitives or the glories of blood-stained dictators.
  • moonshine was produced by many settlers for both personal use and as an income source.
British Dictionary definitions for moonshine

moonshine

/ˈmuːnˌʃaɪn/
noun
1.
another word for moonlight (sense 1)
2.
(US & Canadian) illegally distilled or smuggled whisky or other spirit
3.
foolish talk or thought
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Word Origin and History for moonshine
moonshine
"illicit liquor," 1785; used also since 1468 with a meaning "unreality," probably connected in that sense with notion of "moonshine in water" (cf. moonraker).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for moonshine

moonshine

noun
  1. Whiskey made by unlicensed distillers; corn whiskey; mountain dew: the moonshine distilled in the mountains (1877+)
  2. Any cheap, inferior whiskey; rotgut (1920+)
  3. Any liquor or whiskey (1920+)
  4. Exaggerated talk; vain chatter; baloney, bullshit: His story's plain moonshine (1843+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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