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white mule

noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
moonshine (def 1).
Also called white lightning.
Origin of white mule
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then I jumps off my white mule, takes the swab by the heels, an' chucks him over the warehouse into a cactus bush.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • A white mule, which had carried no load for the past ten days, was frozen to death.

  • Another legend says that he always had a white mule with him which could cover a thousand miles in a single day.

  • 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 thought he would like to get a kick of "white mule" to put a little heart in him.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • 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
  • Up in the headings of one of the entries—so the story went—lived the ghost of a white mule.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • Two days later he entered the City in triumph riding on a white mule; he was received with "universal joy and acclamation."

  • The white mule stopped at the very stall where this conversation was taking place.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • In one of them there is an account of an exciting adventure, in which Washington, the white mule, and one Jared Dixon figured.

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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