moon·​shin·​er | \ ˈmün-ˌshī-nər \

Definition of moonshiner

: a maker or seller of illicit whiskey

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This portrait began to appear in post-Civil War publications, eventually becoming the iconic image of a moonshiner. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 The rural, isolated Appalachian Mountains is where the contemporary view of moonshiners took shape. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 After a 14-year-old girl’s older brother seemingly dies in an apparent drowning, a group of moonshiners offer to bring him back, but only if the girl kills someone else., "'It' to 'Get Out': A look at 2017's best horror movies," 13 Dec. 2017 Her moral struggle, as well as the mysterious origins of the moonshiners, provide much of the drama for this film, which combines elements of mystery in its genre thrills., "'It' to 'Get Out': A look at 2017's best horror movies," 13 Dec. 2017 In 2012, an article in Carlsbad Magazine quoted Kentner’s son, Ed Jr., talking about rum runners and moonshiners making deliveries to the building during Prohibition. Pam Kragen,, "Newly opened speakeasy back on ice," 27 July 2017 Boise police worked with federal, state and county officers in tracking down and arresting moonshiners and runners. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "Prohibition kept Boise law enforcement officers busy," 24 June 2017 This private cavern in Childersburg has been used by Native Americans, moonshiners, and mined for Civil War gunpowder. Birmingham Magazine,, "4 types of Alabama road trips you must take this summer," 12 June 2017 Rather than figuring out elaborate ways of sneaking alcohol past federal dragnets, the moonshiners took a direct approach. Twin Cities, "St. Paul family finds vacation gold (literal and figurative) in North Carolina," 13 May 2017

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First Known Use of moonshiner

1860, in the meaning defined above

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