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moonlight flit

A hasty nighttime departure, typically done to avoid paying money that one owes. Primarily heard in UK. I can't afford the rent this month, so we need to make a moonlight flit!
See also: flit, moonlight

do a moonlight flit

  (British informal)
to leave somewhere secretly at night, usually to avoid paying money that you owe We could always do a moonlight flit - that way we wouldn't have to explain about the money.
See also: flit, moonlight

not be all moonlight and roses

if a situation is not all moonlight and roses, it is not always pleasant Marriage isn't all moonlight and roses. It can be hard work keeping a relationship together.
See also: all, and, moonlight, rose


1. n. illicit liquor; moonshine. Where’s that bottle of moonlight you used to keep under the counter?
2. in. to traffic in illicit liquor. (Best done under the cover of darkness.) He moonlighted during prohibition.
3. in. to work at a second job. Larry had to moonlight to earn enough to feed his family.

moonlight requisition

n. a nighttime theft. (see also liberate.) It took a moonlight requisition to get the medicine we needed.
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We also include a variety of primary-job characteristics possibly affecting the moonlighting decision and the hours moonlighted, such as the real primary-job hourly wage, tenure, occupation, and whether the job is in the private or public sector.
A $10 increase in women's primary-job wages would reduce their moonlighting likelihood by 1 percentage point and hours moonlighted by approximately 0.
Additionally, their hours moonlighted dropped to just two more hours per week.
However, the same increase in the growth rate of nonfarm employment would increase the likelihood of moonlighting and the weekly hours moonlighted by women by approximately 3 percentage points and 58 min, respectively, during the reference time period of 2000-2002.
We find that, despite diminishing over time, both men and women were more likely to moonlight and moonlighted longer hours during the 1980s and 1990s than during the 2000-2002 period.