white lightning

white lightning
   1. LSD
   From its effect on those who ingest it:
    Ellen... unfolded some tinfoil which she said contained three tabs of Owsley's original 'white lightning', the Mouton-Rothschild of LSD. {Village Voice, 1 June 1972)
   2. a spirituous intoxicant
   Either illegally distilled, and uncoloured, whisky, or standard gin or vodka. Also as white eye, mule (from the kick), satin, or stuff: ... 'white lightning', 'white mule', or just plain 'corn', as the local moonshine whiskey is called. (Double Dealer, July 1921)
    White satin, if I must know, was gin. (Mayhew, 1862)
    He was drunk... He'd been on the white stuff all day long and was drinking it like water, (le Carré, 1989)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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