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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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British Dictionary definitions for moon-shine

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 moon-shine

moonshine

n.

c.1500, "moonlight," from moon (n.) + shine (n.). In figurative use, implying "appearance without substance," from late 15c.; perhaps connected in that sense with notion of "moonshine in water" (cf. moonraker). Meaning "illicit liquor" is attested from 1785 (earliest reference is to that smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex); moonlight also occasionally was used in this sense early 19c. As a verb from 1883. Related: Moonshiner (1860).

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Slang definitions & phrases for moon-shine

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+)

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