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white mule

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
moonshine (def 1).
Also called white lightning.
Origin of white mule
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He thought he would like to get a kick of "white mule" to put a little heart in him.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • A white mule, which had carried no load for the past ten days, was frozen to death.

  • A white mule with red trappings, led by a varlet, carried Sir Nigel's own napery and table comforts.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Up in the headings of one of the entries—so the story went—lived the ghost of a white mule.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • The white mule had to be ridden after all, and poor K. had to give up his riding-mule to carry the things.

    Sport in Abyssinia Dermot Mayo
  • He was mounted on a white mule and produced a copy of a treaty with the government to show that his people loved the white men.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • Two days later he entered the City in triumph riding on a white mule; he was received with "universal joy and acclamation."

  • He is usually seen mounted on his white mule, sometimes facing its head, sometimes its tail.

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • From this station the scouts had stolen their ponies and the white mule two nights before.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • Perceval meets with a white mule led by a damsel; he joins her, although she entreats him not to do so.

Slang definitions & phrases for white mule

white mule

noun phrase

Strong bootleg liquor, esp nearly pure grain alcohol

[1889+; because it had a kick like a mule]

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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