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To flee hastily; to clear out or depart quickly. We lit out for the safe house as soon as we heard the police sirens in the distance. Everyone else started to light out of there when the manager announced he would be taking volunteers for weekend work.
1. It is time to turn off the lights and go to sleep. A: "Come on, kids, lights out!" B: "Aw, Dad! Just five more minutes?"
2. Said as a threat of violence (i.e., that one will render the other person unconscious with a punch). You were really flirting with my girlfriend right in front of me? It's lights out for you, pal—let's go!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
light out (of some place) (for some place)
Fig. to leave a place in a great hurry for some place. I lit out of there for home as fast as I could. I lit out of there as fast as I could go.
(for some place) Go to cut out (for some place).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Leave hastily, run away, as in Here comes the teacher-let's light out. This slangy idiom may allude to the nautical sense, that is, to move or lift anything along. [Slang; mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To leave someplace hastily: With only 30 minutes to get to the airport, we grabbed our bags and lit out. The robbers lit out of the bank once the alarm went off.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. n. bedtime. It’s lights out, kids. Radios off, too!
2. n. death; time to die. (Underworld.) It’s lights out for you, chum.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.