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- (literally) The light of the moon.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- [...] her Waggon Spokes made of long Spinners legs: the Couer of the wings of Graſhoppers, her Traces of the ſmalleſt Spiders web, her coullers of the Moonſhines watry Beames [...]
- 1666 September 2, Samuel Pepys, Mynors Bright, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, London: George Bell & Sons, published 1893:
- [...] the newes coming every moment of the growth of the fire; so as we were forced to begin to pack up our owne goods; and prepare for their removal; and did by moonshine (it being brave dry, and moonshine, and warm weather) carry much of my goods into the garden [...]
- 1690, [John] Dryden, Amphitryon; or, The Two Sosia’s. […], London: […] J[acob] Tonson, […]; and M. Tonson […], published 1691, OCLC 228726855, Act II, scene i, page 11:
- [...] I have been in an Ague fit, ever ſince ſhut of Evening; what with the fright of Trees by the High-way, which look'd maliciouſly like Thieves, by Moon-ſhine: and what with Bulruſhes by the River-ſide, that ſhak'd like Spears, and Lances at me.
- 1718, John Gay, “O ruddier than the Cherry”, from Act 2 of George Frideric Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea, page 47:
- [...] O Nymph more bright than moon-ſhine night, like Kidlings blithe and merry [...]
- 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Lyrical Ballads, Part I, page 10:
- In mist or cloud on mast or shroud / It perch’d for vespers nine, / Whiles all the night thro’ fog smoke-white / Glimmer’d the white moon-shine.
- 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
- So I came forth of the sea and sat down on the edge of an island in the moonshine, where a passer-by found me and, carrying me to the his house, besought me of love-liesse; but I smote him on the head, so that he all but died; whereupon he carried me forth and sold me to the merchant from whom thou hadst me, [...]
- 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 2,
- “[...] it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry-tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think? [...]”
- (informal) High-proof alcohol (especially whiskey) that is often, but not always, produced illegally.
- Synonyms: bathtub gin, bootleg, corn liquor, hooch, mountain dew, white lightning, coon-dick, coondick
- They watered down the moonshine.
- 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter IV
- “Wish I'd been more polite to that girl,” the sheriff remarked regretfully. [...] I know she’d have give me another drink of that old moonshine she has.”
- 1974, Betty Davis (lyrics and music), “They Say I'm Different”, performed by Betty Davis:
- My great grandpa was a blues lover / He'd be rockin' his moonshine to B.B. King and Jimmy Reed
- (colloquial) Nonsense.
- He was talking moonshine.
- 2012 October 28, Robin McKie, “David Attenborough: force of nature”, in The Observer, retrieved 29 October 2012:
- We forget what we have learned in the last 60 years. At university I once asked one of my lecturers why he was not talking to us about continental drift and I was told, sneeringly, that if I could I prove there was a force that could move continents, then he might think about it. The idea was moonshine, I was informed.
- (mathematics) A branch of pure mathematics relating the Monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions.
- (US, cooking) A spiced dish of eggs and fried onions.
- (obsolete) A month.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
- [...] wherefore ſhould I / Stand in the plague of cuſtome, and permit / The curioſity of Nations to depriue me? / For that I am ſome twelue, or fourteene Moonſhines / Lag of a brother?
shine of the moon — see moonlight
- moonshine at OneLook Dictionary Search
moonshine m (uncountable)