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white lightning

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
moonshine (def 1).
Also called white mule.
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for white lightning
  • Soon white lightning runners are also after them and all sorts of chaos ensues.
  • Next he selects a half-gallon jar of heart-stopping white lightning, as clear as vodka.
  • He lived in an earthen hovel, made his own brand of white lightning and died in a fire in the cabin.
Slang definitions & phrases for white lightning

white lightning

noun phrase
  1. Inferior whiskey; panther piss, rotgut: He had a pint of bootleg white lightning (1921+)
  2. acid, lsd (1970s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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