moonshine

[moon-shahyn]
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; late Middle English: moonlight. See moon, shine

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moonshine (ˈmuːnˌʃaɪn)
 
n
1.  another word for moonlight
2.  (US), (Canadian) illegally distilled or smuggled whisky or other spirit
3.  foolish talk or thought

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Word Origin & History

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).
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moonshine definition


  1. n.
    nonsense; humbug. : That's just moonshine! I don't believe a word.
  2. n.
    homemade whiskey; any cheap or inferior liquor. : Moonshine is supposed to be strong, not good.
  3. in.
    to distill or traffic in illicit liquor. (See also moonshiner.) : You would be amazed at how much people moonshine back in the hills.
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Example sentences
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Lard seems as outdated as a wood-burning stove, as risky as a quart of moonshine.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.
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