do a moonlight flit

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do a moonlight flit

To depart hastily at night, typically to avoid paying money that one owes. I can't afford the rent this month, so we need to do a moonlight flit!
See also: flit, moonlight

do a moonlight flit

make a hurried, usually nocturnal, removal or change of abode, especially in order to avoid paying your rent. informal
Make a moonlight flitting is recorded from the early 19th century and appears to have originated in northern England or Scotland. The expression is now often shortened to do a moonlight .
See also: flit, moonlight

do a moonlight ˈflit

(British English, informal) leave the place where you have been living in quickly and secretly, usually to avoid paying your debts, rent, etc: When I called to get the money she owed me, I found she’d done a moonlight flit.
See also: flit, moonlight
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MY husband took out loans I knew nothing about - but he didn't commit suicide, he just did a moonlight flit and left me to sort everything out.
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Former neighbours of Morris did a moonlight flit after falling out with him because of his reputation for violence.
FOUR prisoners taken on a camping trip to help prepare them for life on the outside did a moonlight flit.