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lights out

Chiefly Military. a signal, usually by drum or bugle, that all or certain camp or barracks lights are to be extinguished for the night.
Origin of lights out
1865-70 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for lights out

lights out

the time when those resident at an institution, such as soldiers in barracks or children at a boarding school, are expected to retire to bed
a fanfare or other signal indicating or signifying this
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lights out

noun phrase

  1. Bedtime: Lights out is at 10:30
  2. The end; death; curtains: otherwise lights out for me

Related Terms

punch someone's lights out, shoot the lights out

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