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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!
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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

flit about

to move about quickly; to dart about. A large number of hummingbirds were flitting about. Butterflies and moths flitted about among the trees and flowers.
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flit from person to person

Fig. to move quickly from person to person or thing to thing. (See also flit from something to something else.) Tom flitted quickly from person to person, handing out snacks and beverages. The singer flitted from table to table, working the crowd for tips.
See also: flit, person

flit from (something to something else)

1. Lit. [for an insect] to fly quickly from one thing to another. The butterfly flitted from flower to flower.
2. Fig. [for someone] to go quickly from task to task, spending little time on each one. The housekeeper only flits from room to room without ever getting anything completely clean.
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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.
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Alfie Flits has just struggled a little in Group races," said trainer Alan Swinbank.
Alfie Flits, who graduated from bumpers to win in Listed company at Windsor last year, has not run since finishing third in the Group 3 Curragh Cup in June.
Matti, wrestling with mental illness seemingly brought on by the death at birth of her twin brother, flits toward puberty in this unhappy environment, posing a danger to herself and others as she tries to mold herself in her dead sibling's image.
From simple hellos to critiques of French modern-day politics to sendups of the Duchess of York's shoes, Ramdam flits and floats through the absurdities of daily life with a critical smile.
Eisner has complained in private about Ovitz's management style, noting that he often flits from subject to subject, chasing after dubious deals, instead of delving deeply into an issue or process.
Swinbank already has Collier Hill - who won the Irish St Leger in 2005 - and Alfie Flits entered in the 1m6f race.
LATTER DAYS'' is about a Silver Lake gay man who flits from one nameless affair to another and his new neighbors, four squeaky-clean young men sent into this heathen hotbed to preach the teachings of the Book of Mormon.
Ettlin is indefatigable and her small frame flits through the classroom as she places a hand on a student's inner thigh ("Here.
The Godolphin five-year-old looks to have a tough task in the 1m4f Listed contest after a 401-day absence, however, and preference is for last year's winner Alfie Flits.
Where many colors are present, the eye cannot relax as it flits endlessly from one color to the next.
As it flits across the floor, she moves from mock flamenco to urgent ritual gestures, conjuring an angry energy that makes the space feel anything but empty.
BEFORE the Polytrack surface was introduced, there was definitely an advantage to sticking with those horses proven on sand, but now I'm not at all worried about backing horses making their all-weather debuts and, for me, Alfie Flits sticks out like a sore thumb in theWinter Derby (3.
They walk toward the sound as a speckled black and white bird flits toward a
THEATRICAL MOMENT, the bumper horse who is rated potentially as good as Pattern-winning stablemates Collier Hill and Alfie Flits but is unlikely to go to Cheltenham, could warm up for Aintree this week, writes David Carr.
In it, Izzard flits from Prince Philip slandering a billion Chinese on an official visit, to being the Grim Reaper, trading his scythe in favor of a power mower in the name of progress.