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 ?
"The whole thing is moonshine; now then, go ahead and do your worst; I'm done with you."
At all events, a day or two more or less of moonshine would make no matter either way.
"This moonshine about the Opera ghost in which, since we first took over the duties of MM.
I am afraid the Twin Sailors will never again come to you in the pearly, enchanted boat with the sail of moonshine; and the Golden Lady will play no more for you on her golden harp.
Between the two an open glade stretched, silvered in the moonshine, with the river curving across the lower end of it.
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.
He had read somewhere that every man was born a Platonist, an Aristotelian, a Stoic, or an Epicurean; and the history of George Henry Lewes (besides telling you that philosophy was all moonshine) was there to show that the thought of each philospher was inseparably connected with the man he was.
And you, you old yellow poco moonshine!" he said, giving a shove to the mulatto woman to whom Emmeline was chained, "don't you carry that sort of face!
The sky looks ever so deep when you lay down on your back in the moonshine; I never knowed it before.
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.
It was as if all the dreams, sleeping and waking, of its vivid occupant had taken a visible although unmaterial form and had tapestried the bare room with splendid filmy tissues of rainbow and moonshine. Presently Marilla came briskly in with some of Anne's freshly ironed school aprons.
He is like moonshine in a winter night when a man freezes to death on some lonely mountain top.