Definition of moonshine in English:



  • 1North American Illicitly distilled or smuggled liquor.

    • ‘During the Civil War excise taxes were imposed and this drove the making of corn whiskey underground, which eventually led to the production of moonshine.’
    • ‘Someone had apparently set up a still that produced a potent form of moonshine and a yeasty homemade beer.’
    • ‘Within weeks of taking office, he ordered police to remove the tens of thousands of illegal money-changing kiosks that were also notorious for selling counterfeit goods and dangerous, home-brewed moonshine.’
    • ‘When we got older we sat around and drank rum or moonshine out of coke bottles.’
    • ‘The current owner often tells tales of her mother, who opened the bar, making her own moonshine and beer.’
    • ‘He pardoned them - he pardoned them on decades-old charges related to selling moonshine.’
    • ‘It was pure alcohol, more deadly than moonshine, and with none of the distiller's art applied to its flavour.’
    • ‘In Tennessee caves, moonshine whiskey production was the most prevalent of this type of industrial activity, although other examples also existed.’
    • ‘He and his friend Willie Brown would often sit on tombstones, writing ominous melodies and drinking moonshine.’
    • ‘None of them had eaten anything all day so, as usual they were trying to fill their stomachs with beer and moonshine.’
    • ‘There would not be enough for a huge supply of moonshine that winter.’
    • ‘People just thought I was drinking moonshine; I never let them see what was in the flask.’
    • ‘A couple of friends brought some moonshine over.’
    • ‘Such moonshine, which is commonly purchased in the countryside across the Baltic states, is much less expensive than anything sold in Latvian stores.’
    • ‘I was about to treat myself to a sip of Lewis' finest moonshine when the door opened and Jimmy entered followed by James and Jesse.’
    • ‘They just built their stills and made up moonshine or any other liquor that they could.’
    • ‘But even still, moonshine was easier to make, move, and afford than wine.’
    liquor, intoxicating liquor, alcoholic drink, strong drink, drink, spirits, intoxicants
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  • 2Foolish talk or ideas.

    ‘whatever I said, it was moonshine’
    • ‘We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.’
    • ‘Hooper's claims are moonshine.’
    • ‘Why is this moonshine in a book that asks itself to be taken seriously on the solar system?’
    • ‘There was also that famous statement about the worth of splitting the atom, and nuclear physics in general, that anyone who thinks that this work is going to produce anything of value is talking moonshine.’
    • ‘But I think it is moonshine to say that the photos were released out of a desire to show how his medical care is going.’
    rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, blether
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