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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As the story goes nana and grandad, Lizzie and Billie Graham, moved to Bulmer Street after doing a moonlight flit from Haverton Hil.
She planned on doing a moonlight flit with the contents of the house and the family dog but Peter got there just in time.
It doesn't matter that I've never met the person concerned - I just don't like being approached by debt collectors and asked to tell tales about a bloke who, for all I know, could have been desperately down on his luck before doing a moonlight flit.
IF Ulster's current carnival atmosphere of love, peace and harmony is bringing you down and you feel like doing a moonlight flit over the next seven days, then The Beautiful North feels obliged to offer three ways out.