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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.
References in classic literature ?
remember it, however; and when the truth becomes clear to you, then think of this moonlight scene
Then Kala Nag reached the crest of the ascent and stopped for a minute, and Little Toomai could see the tops of the trees lying all speckled and furry under the moonlight for miles and miles, and the blue-white mist over the river in the hollow.
The soft moonlight soothed, and the wide expanse without gave a sense of freedom which refreshed me.
It appeared to me that the lagging moonlight never, never would get to it.
That night was a busy one, for weary as we were, so far as was possible by the moonlight all preparations for the morrow's fight were continued, and messengers were constantly coming and going from the place where we sat in council.
At last Clayton saw the immense muscles of Tarzan's shoulders and biceps leap into corded knots beneath the silver moonlight.
While they drove past the garden the shadows of the bare trees often fell across the road and hid the brilliant moonlight, but as soon as they were past the fence, the snowy plain bathed in moonlight and motionless spread out before them glittering like diamonds and dappled with bluish shadows.
The village was all that we could have imagined of simply and sweetly romantic in the moonlight, and when the day came it did not rob it of its charm.
Very well," returned Jack, and walked awkwardly out of the stable and into the moonlight.
See, it was twilight three minutes ago and now it's moonlight.
She lifted her veil as she spoke, and turned so that the moonlight rested on her face.
She read the card by the moonlight when I put it into her hand.
One moonlight night a Fox was prowling about a farmer's hen-coop, and saw a Cock roosting high up beyond his reach.
As he approached and paused to recover control of himself his father came out and stood bare- headed in the moonlight.
A hundred yards away was a straight road, showing white in the moonlight.