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mountain dew

illegally distilled corn liquor; moonshine.
Origin of mountain dew
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Mountain air and mountain dew have been known to work wonders in combination.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • Aspel was resolute, however; he would not sit down, though he had no objection to the mountain dew.

    Post Haste R.M. Ballantyne
  • It waited in the centre, and whetted impatience by sly trips in twos and three to stables or side alleys for "mountain dew."

    A Cumberland Vendetta John Fox, Jr.
  • After making these suggestions, he would retire to the warm stove and the “mountain dew” again.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • These aforesaid elders had no sympathy with men who tasted standing up, or who took their "mountain dew" unwarmed.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • If you could see the poor devil shake and quake for need of a few drops of 'mountain dew,' you'd believe me fast enough!

    A Pasteboard Crown Clara Morris
Slang definitions & phrases for mountain dew

mountain dew

noun phrase

Raw and inferior whiskey, esp homemade bootleg whiskey; moonshine (1839+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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