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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.


(Brewing) US and Canadian a person who illegally makes or smuggles distilled spirits


(ˈmunˌʃaɪ nər)

n. Informal.
a person who distills or sells liquor, esp. corn liquor, illegally.
[1855–60, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moonshiner - someone who makes or sells illegal liquormoonshiner - someone who makes or sells illegal liquor
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime


[ˈmuːnʃaɪnəʳ] N (US)
1. (= distiller) → fabricante mf de licor ilegal
2. (= smuggler) → contrabandista mf
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