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lights out

noun
1.
Chiefly Military. a signal, usually by drum or bugle, that all or certain camp or barracks lights are to be extinguished for the night.
2.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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Examples from the web for lights out
  • And when the music finally began, the boys cut the lights out and proceeded to select dancing partners.
  • Once her backhand melted down, it was lights out down under.
  • And the way you have to do it is with all the lights out, and you can only use one eye and a small penlight.
  • Closing a business takes a little more than turning the lights out and locking the door.
British Dictionary definitions for lights out

lights out

noun
1.
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
2.
a fanfare or other signal indicating or signifying this
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Slang definitions & phrases for lights out

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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