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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOONSHINE

Seaward from palace-haunts, in the moonshine glistened and darkened.

And the bridges are not of iron and concrete, but of rainbows and––moonshine!

The high road, whitened by the moonshine, stretched far into the distance.

It means just moonshine and mush and lookin' into each other's eyes, that's about all.

Thar war a trial, an' they proved ez he'd been consarned in makin' moonshine.

I don't suppose they have been able to check the making of moonshine—that is, not to any extent?

For under the teachings of experience I have sown not starlight and moonshine, but seeds.

Brougham, speaking of the salary attached to a new judgeship, said it was all moonshine.

I know that Robert will think them moonshine; nay, more, that they will give him pain.'

It was born out of moonshine, her urging, and the hunger of his heart.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, "moonlight," from moon (n.) + shine (n.). In figurative use, implying "appearance without substance," from late 15c.; perhaps connected in that sense with notion of "moonshine in water" (cf. moonraker). Meaning "illicit liquor" is attested from 1785 (earliest reference is to that smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex); moonlight also occasionally was used in this sense early 19c. As a verb from 1883. Related: Moonshiner (1860).

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