stop the lights

stop the lights

An expression of disbelief or incredulity. (Sometimes used ironically or disingenuously.) The phrase comes from the catchphrase from the Irish game show Quicksilver. Primarily heard in Ireland. A: "My aunt Edna won the lotto!" B: "Stop the lights, that's incredible news!" A: "My uncle Pat once met President Reagan, you know." B: "Ah here, stop the lights. Your uncle Pat's never even been to America!" Stop the lights, Jimmy's buying a round for everyone! I never thought I'd see the day!
See also: lights, stop
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He's got a good chin, but if someone is accurate I don't think there is any way to stop the lights going out," explained Breese.
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But from Thursday they will be back together, blasting out tunes from Stop The Lights and other favourites at Whelans in Dublin on Thursday, Dolans in Limerick on Friday and Monroes in Galway on Saturday.
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