Origin of moonshine
Examples from the Web for moonshine
He wrote a few more paperback originals, two of them westerns, then sold The Moonshine War to Doubleday in hardcover.
Gambling, girls; you could buy a pint of moonshine for a dime, store-bought whiskey for a quarter.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis|Stanley Booth|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Daryl, insulted, smashes it to bits and finds her moonshine instead.The Walking Dead’s Killer Diva Emily Kinney on Daryl and ‘Expired Love’|Melissa Leon|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I will not even say it is all moonshine, for it is something better.The Trees of Pride|G.K. Chesterton
But there is the moonshine still, serene, beneficent, and unchanged.The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters|Henry David Thoreau
At last the ruined towers of Bellinzona stood gleaming in the moonshine, and we rattled into the great post-yard.Italian Hours|Henry James
It is a necktie with a picture like whiteface pony spots on a green frog swimming in the moonshine.Rootabaga Stories|Carl Sandburg
The money you think to make may turn out all moonshine, you know.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
c.1500, "moonlight," from moon (n.) + shine (n.). In figurative use, implying "appearance without substance," from late 15c.; perhaps connected in that sense with notion of "moonshine in water" (cf. moonraker). Meaning "illicit liquor" is attested from 1785 (earliest reference is to that smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex); moonlight also occasionally was used in this sense early 19c. As a verb from 1883. Related: Moonshiner (1860).