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white lightning

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
moonshine (def 1).
Also called white mule.
Origin of white lightning
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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white lightning

noun phrase

  1. Inferior whiskey; panther piss, rotgut: He had a pint of bootleg white lightning (1921+)
  2. acid, lsd (1970s+ Narcotics)
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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