moonshine

Moonshine is the glowing light that comes from the moon, and it's also a common term meaning "homemade liquor." In an old-timey bluegrass song, a character might drink moonshine in the moonshine.

While moonshine can simply be a synonym for moonlight, it's often used as slang for bootleg (or illicit) whiskey, as well as a colorful way to say "nonsense." For example, you could say, "I listened to her speech, but I finally decided everything she said was nothing but moonshine." This "without substance" meaning is actually the oldest figurative definition of moonshine, dating from the fifteenth century.

Definitions of moonshine
  1. noun
    the light of the Moon
    synonyms: Moon, moonlight
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    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  2. noun
    whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
    synonyms: bootleg, corn liquor
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    type of:
    corn, corn whiskey, corn whisky
    whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn
  3. verb
    distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
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    type of:
    distil, distill, extract
    extract by the process of distillation
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