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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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Besides, a lady moonshiner was nabbed with 20 litres of liquor.
Miller's defense raised no objection, since the moonshiner Miller had long since disappeared, and he was not represented at the Supreme Court.
The lead changed hands many times during the course of the race, with British runner Marmelo looking to be edging ahead, followed by Moonshiner as the final straight approached.
Next comes the Heads, made up of compounds like acetone and acetaldehyde; these might technically be potable (as many a hungover moonshiner could testify) but they are better saved as starter for later distillation.
The old world way of life, with wild ginseng hunting, mule logging, horses, mules and wagon riding, professional coon hunting, and yes, even the fine art of moonshiner is also a part of his heritage.
Borrowing" a confiscated still from the junkyard where she works, she enlists the help of two friends and an experienced moonshiner, Mason Malone.
Moonshiner For the uninitiated, it could be a rather curious experience to watch throngs of hip young things pile through the freezer door at the back of a local pizzeria.
The beverage was inspired by the Appalachian legend of 19th century moonshiner Buck O'Hairen, who created the secret recipe he called “Sunshine” as a cure for hangovers and a series of misfortunes.
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Overall, the play seeks to "portray the fiercely independent spirit of mountain people" through the stories collected from area residents, including "a moonshiner whose 'heritage' demonstration gets a visit from a pair of ATF agents .
According to reports pouring in from Darya Khan, at least nine persons who purchased liquor from Mangoo Ansari, a a moonshiner, died after drinking it.
If and when a revenuer threatens to pay a visit, the local lawmen instantly alert the Bondurants, along with every other moonshiner in Franklin County, Virginia.