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by (one's) lights
Directed by or in accordance with one's own beliefs, convictions, or understanding. Never let someone else try to dictate who you are—you have to live by your own lights.
See also: lights
stop the lights
An expression of disbelief or incredulity. (Sometimes used ironically or disingenuously.) The phrase comes from the catchphrase from the Irish game show Quicksilver. Primarily heard in Ireland. A: "My aunt Edna won the lotto!" B: "Stop the lights, that's incredible news!" A: "My uncle Pat once met President Reagan, you know." B: "Ah here, stop the lights. Your uncle Pat's never even been to America!" Stop the lights, Jimmy's buying a round for everyone! I never thought I'd see the day!
Someone who is influential or an inspiration to others. Mother Teresa was certainly a guiding light to many who shared her faith.
put (one's) lights out
To render someone unconscious with a punch. A: "Oh man, what happened?" B: "Well, you and Bart were fighting, and then Bart put your lights out." Wow, you're strong—you could put someone's lights out with a punch like that!
1. noun On a traffic light, the color that means "stop." I pulled up to the red light and stopped the car. Please be careful driving out there—people are maniacs and don't even stop at red lights!
2. noun A message or signal to stop. I'm really not interested in dating Rob, and I thought I gave him a red light, but he keeps pursuing me nonetheless.
3. adjective (often hyphenated) Indicative of a brothel (due to the practice of using red lamps to show that an establishment is a brothel). Be careful if you venture into the red-light district, there are a lot of shady characters there.
according to (one's) own lights
Based on one's beliefs or inclinations. You may not agree with Kara's free-spirited lifestyle, but she has always lived according to her own lights.
have (one's) name in lights
To be well-known due to one's work in show business or the arts. Alice has always dreamed of having her name in lights, so I'm not surprised that she's making her Broadway debut tonight.
light (one's) fire
To romantically or sexually arouse someone. I've never met a woman who lights my fire like she does. There's no point being with someone who doesn't light your fire.
see (one's) name in lights
To be known worldwide for one's work or accomplishments; to be very famous and popular. I've always prioritized improving my performance in the game over seeing my name in lights. If you go into this profession with the sole aim of seeing your name in lights, then you're in for a rough ride of it.
the bright lights
Collectively, the alluring and exciting aspects of a city. I want to put this one-horse town in my rear-view and head for the bright lights!
The lights are on, but nobody's home
A humorous expression used to say that someone is stupid or not paying attention, perhaps because they are not responding to what one is saying. Hello, Pete? Earth to Pete. The lights are on, but nobody's home.
punch (one's) lights out
To render someone unconscious with a punch. A: "Oh man, what happened?" B: "Well, you and Bart were fighting, and then Bart punched your lights out." Wow, you're strong—you could punch someone's lights out no problem!
hide (one's) light under a bushel
To avoid utilizing or emphasizing one's talents. Don't give up drawing! You're a talented artist and shouldn't hide your light under a bushel.
according to one's own lights
according to the way one believes; according to the way one's conscience or inclinations lead one. John may have been wrong, but he did what he did according to his own lights.
punch someone's lights out
Sl. to knock someone out with a fist. You had better stop that, or I will punch your lights out! Do you want me to punch your lights out?
the lights are on but nobody's homeor
the lights are on but no one's homeINFORMAL
If you say of someone that the lights are on but nobody's home, you mean that they are stupid or not reacting to what is happening. When I tell them anything, they look at me like the lights are on but nobody's home.
the bright lightsthe glamour and excitement of a big city.
according to your lightsin accordance with your own personal standards of morality or propriety.
the lights are on but no one is at homeused to refer sardonically to someone of limited mental capacity.
punch someone's lights outbeat someone up.
have your name in lights1 (of an actor or performer) have their name displayed in lights outside a theatre, concert hall, etc. 2 be famous.
the bright ˈlights(informal) the big city seen as a centre of entertainment, enjoyment, etc: Many people from other places are still tempted by the bright lights of London.
jump the ˈlights(informal) drive on when the traffic lights are red: A policeman stopped us for jumping the lights.
the lights are ˈon but nobody’s ˈhome(saying, humorous) used to describe somebody who is stupid, not thinking clearly or not paying attention: Don’t try discussing anything intelligent with Alice. The lights are on but nobody’s home, I’m afraid.
shoot the ˈlights(informal) go through red traffic lights: In this city people shoot the lights all the time.
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.
punch someone’s lights out
tv. to knock someone out; to close someone’s eyes with a hard blow. Shut up, or I’ll punch your lights out.