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white lightning

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
moonshine (def 1).
Also called white mule.
Origin of white lightning
1910-15, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Tense; anxious; frightened: Are you as white knuckled as I am when traveling as an airline passenger?/ Metro's countless thousands of white-knuckled motorists (1980s+)

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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