what is difference between bootleg and moonshine
boot + leg. Originally a nickname given to smugglers in King George III’s reign, derived from the smugglers’ custom of hiding packages of valuables in their large sea-boots when dodging the king’s coastguardsmen.
bootleg (third-person singular simple present bootlegs, present participle bootlegging, simple past and past participle bootlegged)
- (chiefly US, transitive) To make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor.
- (transitive) To make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyrighted product.
- (intransitive) To engage in bootlegging.
bootleg (plural bootlegs)
- The part of a boot that is above the instep.
- An illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband.
- (music) An unauthorized recording, e.g., of a live concert.
- (music) A remix or mashup that is a combination of two songs but that is not authorized and audited for copyright use; primarily in the electronic music scene.
- (American football) A play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, conceals the ball against his hip, and rolls out.
bootleg (not comparable)
- Illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated.
- bathtub gin
moon + shine. Illegally distilled liquor is so named because its manufacture may be conducted without artificial light at night-time.
- IPA(key): /ˈmuːnʃaɪn/
- Hyphenation: moon‧shine
moonshine (countable and uncountable, plural moonshines)
- (literally) The light of the moon.
- Synonyms: moonlight, moonbeam
- 1718, John Gay, “O ruddier than the Cherry”, from Act 2 of George Frideric Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea, page 47:
- […] O Nymph more bright than moon-ſhine night, like Kidlings blithe and merry […]
- 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Lyrical Ballads, Part I, page 10:
- In mist or cloud on mast or shroud / It perch’d for vespers nine, / Whiles all the night thro’ fog smoke-white / Glimmer’d the white moon-shine.
- 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
- So I came forth of the sea and sat down on the edge of an island in the moonshine, where a passer-by found me and, carrying me to the his house, besought me of love-liesse; but I smote him on the head, so that he all but died; whereupon he carried me forth and sold me to the merchant from whom thou hadst me, […]
- 1908, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 2,
- “[…] it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry-tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think? […]”
- (informal) High-proof alcohol (especially whiskey) that is often, but not always, produced illegally.
- Synonyms: bathtub gin, bootleg, corn liquor, hooch, mountain dew, white lightning, coon-dick, coondick
- 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter IV
- “Wish I’d been more polite to that girl,” the sheriff remarked regretfully. […] I know she’d have give me another drink of that old moonshine she has.”
- (colloquial) Nonsense.
- (mathematics) A branch of pure mathematics relating the Monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions.
- (US, cooking) A spiced dish of eggs and fried onions.
- (obsolete) A month.
- eggs in moonshine
- Mathieu moonshine
- monstrous moonshine
- moonshiney, moonshiny
- umbral moonshine
- moonshine at OneLook Dictionary Search
moonshine m (uncountable)
- (rare) moonshine (Appalachian home-made liquor)