One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An illicit distiller or smuggler of liquor.
- ‘Later I discovered he had been a bootlegger and moonshiner during prohibition and had gone to live on the mountain to flee a gang who thought he owed them money.’
- ‘They relish telling stories about moonshiners, smugglers, and contraband runners who successfully fool and evade federal agents.’
- ‘There is, of course, the town drunk, Otis, who acquires bootleg liquor from various moonshiners in that dry county on a regular basis and regularly celebrates the anniversary of his first drink.’
- ‘The road ends at Upper Killeyan, but it is worth walking the last mile to the coast, once the favourite haunt of smugglers and moonshiners.’
- ‘During Prohibition, John remembered, ‘most moonshiners were respectable people.’’
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