coon-dick

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Etymology[edit]

From coon +‎ dick. Coined and used during the prohibition era of the 1930s, referring to how African American migrants illegally transported it in the crotch of their pants.

Verb[edit]

coon-dick (uncountable)

  1. Bootleg moonshine or other illegal alcohol.
    • 1937, Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Perennial (2000), page 176:
      ’Tain’t a thing wrong that a quart of coon-dick wouldn’t cure. You haven’t been gettin’ yo’ right likker lately, eh?”