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a night out

An evening spent having an enjoyable time away from home, as in a restaurant, theater, bar, or other such locations. I never knew how much I would miss being able to have a night out once we had kids. Hey John, some people in the office are planning a night out this Friday. Would you like to join us?
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work nights

To work in the evenings, as opposed to during the day. I used to work nights, but it took such a toll on my sleeping that I switched back to the day shift.
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stag night

A groom's outing with his male friends before his wedding; a bachelor party. Mark knew that his stag night had gotten out of control when the police arrived.
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three-dog night

old-fashioned A bitterly cold night (i.e., so cold that one would need their dogs in bed with them to stay warm). Temperatures fell well below freezing, a true three-dog night.
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night on the town

A night of celebrations or revelry in various places (typically restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.) that a particular town or city has to offer. We were out for a night on the town last night to celebrate Valerie's birthday. That's why we're all so exhausted today. I had a night on the town with my closest friends from school last weekend.
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night on the town

a night of celebrating (at one or more places in a town). Did you enjoy your night on the town? After we got the contract signed, we celebrated with a night on the town.
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a night ˈout

an evening that you spend enjoying yourself away from home: They enjoy a night out occasionally.
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References in classic literature ?
As he looked about and located it on the brow of the hill behind him, he noted the change that had come over the face of the night. The fog was gone; the stars and moon were out; even the wind had died down.
"It's sure not my night," he muttered, as he examined the broken fork of the machine
Leaving a note for Arthur Barville, on his arrival in Venice, in which he merely mentioned that he had gone to look at the Italian lakes, and that a line addressed to his hotel at Milan would bring him back again, he took the afternoon train to Padua-- and dined with his usual appetite, and slept as well as ever that night.
She was now about to pass her second night in the room occupied in the old days of the palace by Baron Rivar.
He had prevented a great many people from approaching nearer, and he believed they had gone to the markets and such places to pass the night. He had seen the distant fires, but they were all out now.
Hugh, deeming it possible that Barnaby was in the hands of the soldiers, and at that moment under detention at The Boot, was for advancing stealthily, and firing the house; but his companions, who objected to such rash measures unless they had a crowd at their backs, represented that if Barnaby were taken he had assuredly been removed to a stronger prison; they would never have dreamed of keeping him all night in a place so weak and open to attack.
`So we went on in the quiet, and the twilight deepened into night. The clear blue of the distance faded, and one star after another came out.
`I was very tired, too, after the excitements of the day; so I decided that I would not face it, but would pass the night upon the open hill.
As in the city in the houses of prostitu- tion and with the rowdy boys running through the streets at night, so in Winesburg among its citizens he had always the power to be a part of and yet distinctly apart from the life about him.
He fell in love with Helen White, daughter of the man for whom he had worked, and found himself think- ing of her at night.
Last night they had left a knife on me; to-night I would have a keepsake ready for them.
Nothing was to be heard but the night sounds of the frogs that never ceased in the marsh, and the horses snorting in the mist that rose over the meadow before the morning.
Modest is even the thief in presence of sleep: he always stealeth softly through the night. Immodest, however, is the night-watchman; immodestly he carrieth his horn.
Covent Garden Market at sunrise too, in the spring or summer, when the fragrance of sweet flowers is in the air, over-powering even the unwholesome streams of last night's debauchery, and driving the dusky thrust, whose cage has hung outside a garret window all night long, half mad with joy!
But, I knew them well, and could have found my way on a far darker night, and had no excuse for returning, being there.