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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.
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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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The 275 guests flitted into the hands-on science museum, where butterfly kites swung from the ceiling and gorgeous orange, green and hot pink tables were topped with silver curly willows and laminated, swarming butterflies.
A tattered red balloon hung below the collection of twigs and leaves where two small Tyrannus verticalus flitted around - yellow-breasted kingbirds to the human observers below.
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The Firebird herself, cleverly interpreted by brightly-feathered Greta Hodgkinson, flitted lightly up and down a stairway through the multi-level scene.
Wacko Michael Jackson's heartbroken wife has gone back to her ex- lover after the star flitted off to Paris with their baby son Prince.
Living up to his name, the dun-colored bird shyly flitted around when visitors approached.
Dancers in heavy gold crowns flitted about like birds as merchants hawked fabric, gold and silver jewelry, and Buddha pendants.