white lightning


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white lightning

n. Chiefly Southern US

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]

White lightning

A term sometimes used when referring to bootleg or home-distilled whiskey.
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I will shiver their ship into little pieces with a bolt of white lightning as soon as they get out to sea.'
The white lightning opened its enormous eye in one wink, the sky shut up again, and the priest went on:
Hal's memorable stunts doubling for Burt included racing a car off a river bank on to a moving barge in 1973 film White Lightning, and hanging from the side of a 60mph truck then leaping off just before it rolled on to its side, in the 1976 sequel Gator.
Hal's memorable stunts doubling for Burt included racing a car off a river bank on to a moving barge in 1973 film White Lightning and hanging from the side of a dad Stuntman David 60mph truck then leaping off just before it rolled on to its side in the 1976 sequel Gator.
He said he's no stranger to Stewart Park and has "drunk a couple of bottles of white lightning in here in my time."
Representing the company, Robert Botkai said that spirits and white ciders such as Frosty Jacks, White Lightning and Diamond White won't be sold.
Matthew Johnny Cashmore wanted to know whether Frosty Jacks cider was okay as a replacement for White Lightning and Joe Frost asked if he could bring his pet dog.
Representatives from the petrol company said it would not exacerbate the known alcohol problem in the area because they did not sell cheap products that attract street drinkers, like White Lightning or spirits.
Three years ago brewing giant Heineken bowed to pressure from campaigners and halted production of its 8.5 per cent White Lightning extra-strong cider.
It's also evident when Cadillac Three turn tender, with love songs like White Lightning and Running Red Lights pure porchfront romance.
Unlike harsh white lightning, this refreshment comes in at a comfortable 50 proof, and a sip settles in like a warm, autumn fog.