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Bottled Moonshine

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Social and benevolent schemes, such as Utopia, Coleridge’s Pantisocracy, the dreams of Owen, Fourier, St. Simon, the New Republic, and so on.

“Godwin! Hazlitt! Coleridge! Where now are their ‘novel philosophies and systemsʹ? Bottled moonshine, which does not improve by keeping.”—Birrell: Obiter Dicta, p. 109 (1885).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bother
Bothie System
Botley Assizes
Bottes
Bottle
Bottle-chart
Bottle-holder
Bottle-imps
Bottle-washer (Head)
Bottled Beer
Bottled Moonshine
Bottom
Bottom (Nick)
Bottomless
Botty
Boucan
Bouders
Boudoir
Boues de St. Amand (Les)
Bought and Sold
Bougie