noun[mass noun] North American informal
Illicit home-made whiskey, typically colourless and distilled from corn.
- For example, many cultures pride themselves on their foul-tasting local drinks, such as white lightning, pulque, chong, retsina, and so on.
- He thinks wistfully of how he used to hop freights, white lightning in hobo jungles, go through the pockets of the recently dead.
- I wonder if Bogart has ever had the pleasure of drinking a jar of 160-proof white lightning.
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