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white lightning

n. Chiefly Southern US
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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]
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White lightning

A term sometimes used when referring to bootleg or home-distilled whiskey.
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