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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!
See also: flit, moonlight

be (not) all moonlight and roses

To be very enjoyable and pleasant, especially of a romantic situation. This phrase is often used in the negative to emphasize difficulties in a romantic relationship. I thought that dating an actress would be all moonlight and roses, but she travels so much that I hardly ever see her. Living with a boyfriend or girlfriend is not all moonlight and roses, you know.
See also: all, and, moonlight, rose

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

moonlight and roses

used to characterize an atmosphere of romantic sentimentality.
The expression comes from the title of a song ( 1925 ) by Neil Moret and Ben Black .
See also: and, moonlight, rose

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


1. n. illicit liquor; moonshine. Where’s that bottle of moonlight you used to keep under the counter?
2. in. to traffic in illicit liquor. (Best done under the cover of darkness.) He moonlighted during prohibition.
3. in. to work at a second job. Larry had to moonlight to earn enough to feed his family.

moonlight requisition

n. a nighttime theft. (see also liberate.) It took a moonlight requisition to get the medicine we needed.
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While occupation can explain much of the difference in moonlighting by gender, it does very little to explain the differences by education.
While the unemployment rate has close to doubled during the recent economic downturn, the overall incidence of moonlighting has changed only about 15 percent from a pre-recession high of 5.
Considering the important role that multiple-job holding can play in the economy by responding to firms' "just-in-time" labor needs, a better understanding of the cyclical nature of moonlighting can help inform the debate on how to best structure the UI tax.
The characters then raced through the studio lot as the world of Moonlighting was slowly dismantled and another executive lectured them on the perils of losing their audience and how fragile romance is.
The overall rate of moonlighting was relatively steady from 1956 to 1966, ranging from 4.
Moonlighting employees often demonstrate higher morale and less frustration on the job because their secondary activities provide them with economic or creative outlets.
Another 17 percent indicated that their principal reason for moonlighting was to get experience or build up a business, while 29 percent reported various other reasons.
Yet, in some areas moonlighting can be grounds for termination.
Now, the wedding's over, and Lori and Darrin are honeymooning in Hawaii while I'm back at work, joking about looking for a moonlighting job.
Interviews include Moonlighting co- star Curtis Armstrong, Armageddon director Michael Bay, Hudson Hawk co-star Don Harvy, and Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers.
Co-starring Cybill Shepherd and then newcomer Bruce Willis, MOONLIGHTING was an unexpected hit when it premiered on ABC in 1985 and praised by The New York Times as that year's "most inventive and sparkling new show.
Industry experts - we interviewed more than 50 in our 10-month study of off-duty police employment practices nationwide - estimate that some 20 to 25 percent of LAPD detectives, or between 280 and 350 of them, are presently moonlighting as private investigators.
The problem is when those workers' motivation is apparent in the number of them moonlighting at second jobs.
The practice of moonlighting has expanded since the City Council eased rules for employees six years ago at the same time elected officials were being barred from earning outside money.
Talbot, a 30-year-old consultant to nonprofit agencies, gives a new spin to moonlighting.