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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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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


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