moonshine


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moon·shine

 (mo͞on′shīn′)
n.
1. Moonlight.
2. Informal Foolish talk or thought; nonsense.
3. Illegally distilled liquor, especially whiskey. Also called regionally white lightning.
intr.v. moon·shined, moon·shin·ing, moon·shines
To distill and sell liquor illegally.

moon′shin′er n.

moonshine

(ˈmuːnˌʃaɪn)
n
1. (Astronomy) another word for moonlight1
2. (Brewing) US and Canadian illegally distilled or smuggled whisky or other spirit
3. foolish talk or thought

moon•shine

(ˈmunˌʃaɪn)

n.
1. Informal. smuggled or illicitly distilled liquor, esp. illicitly distilled corn liquor.
2. empty or foolish talk, ideas, etc.; nonsense.
[1375–1425; late Middle English mone schyne]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moonshine - the light of the Moonmoonshine - the light of the Moon; "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy"; "the Moon was bright enough to read by"
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
moon ray, moonbeam, moon-ray - a ray of moonlight
2.moonshine - whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mashmoonshine - whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
corn whiskey, corn whisky, corn - whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
Verb1.moonshine - distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
distil, distill, extract - extract by the process of distillation; "distill the essence of this compound"

moonshine

(U.S.)
noun
1. bootleg, poteen (Scot. and Irish), hooch or hootch (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) a bottle of moonshine
2. nonsense, rubbish, pants (slang), trash, gas (informal), bunk (informal), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), twaddle, tripe (informal), guff (slang), havers (Scot.), claptrap (informal), hogwash, blather, piffle (informal), blether, bosh (informal), stuff and nonsense, foolish talk, tarradiddle, bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) The story is pure moonshine.
Translations

moonshine

[ˈmuːnʃaɪn] N
1. (= moonlight) → luz f de la luna
2. (= nonsense) → pamplinas fpl
3. (US) (= illegal spirits) → licor m destilado ilegalmente

moonshine

[ˈmuːnʃaɪn] n
(= illegal whisky) (mainly US)alcool m de contrebande
(= nonsense) → sornettes fpl

moonshine

[ˈmuːnˌʃaɪn] n (fam) (nonsense) → fandonie fpl (Am) (liquor, illegally made) liquore distillato clandestinamente; (smuggled) liquore di contrabbando
References in classic literature ?
But the nightly moonshine interwove itself with the morning mist, and enveloped him as in a robe, which he hugged about his person, and seldom let realities pierce through; he was not often quite awake, but slept open-eyed, and perhaps fancied himself most dreaming then.
It would be too much in keeping with the scene to excite surprise, were we to look about us and discover a form, beloved, but gone hence, now sitting quietly in a streak of this magic moonshine, with an aspect that would make us doubt whether it had returned from afar, or had never once stirred from our fireside.
Now den, you had said you wouldn't ever call it lies en moonshine ag'in.
The black shadows of the pediments between each window, alternating with the strips of light, heightened the wan glare of the moonshine on the floor.
At all events, a day or two more or less of moonshine would make no matter either way.
I got up in an instant; and orders being given to clear the way before me, and it being likewise a moonshine night, I made a shift to get to the palace without trampling on any of the people.
This moonshine about the Opera ghost in which, since we first took over the duties of MM.
For forty years, father and son, we have tended elephants, and we have never heard such moonshine about dances.
The pond lay still and motionless, glittering in the moonshine, and the hunter's wife was not a bit better off than she had been before.
There was much moonshine, and as I looked I could see Quincey Morris run across the lawn and hide himself in the shadow of a great yew tree.
He was a bright-eyed man, but wofully pined away, which was no more than natural, if, as some people affirmed, his ordinary diet was fog, morning mist, and a slice of the densest cloud within his reach, sauced with moonshine, whenever he could get it.
He was a bright-eyed man, but woefully pined away, which was no more than natural, if, as some people affirmed, his ordinary diet was fog, morning mist, and a slice of the densest cloud within his reach, sauced with moonshine, whenever he could get it.