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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RECENT stories in the Examiner in regard to the Hunter Group waste site have prompted this letter - it appears that once again Kirklees has been quite satisfied to let this matter run on and on until surprise, surprise the company has done a moonlight flit.
One landlord said that a previous tenant had done a moonlight flit owing several month's rent and the property was left in such a state that it had to be professionally cleaned, repaired and redecorated before he could rent it again.
One landlord said a previous tenant had done a moonlight flit owing several month's rent and the property was left in such a state it had to be professionally cleaned, repaired and redecorated before he could re-rent it.
Just this year ITV proudly declared it was "where laughter lives", shortly before unleashing a Monday night comedy double bill that suggested laughter may have done a moonlight flit.
Scoring off the Conservatives for having done a moonlight flit after a period which he called 'a well-nigh unbroken expanse of mismanagement', Campbell-Bannerman called an election for early in the New Year.
But when we spoke to the next door neighbours, they said my mum had done a moonlight flit and left without paying the rent.