from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A signal or command to extinguish lights for the night.
  • n. Bedtime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of lights-out.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of light out.


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  • A dozen times or more, they unearthed the TV from behind the toolshed, late at night, with the lights out and quilts pinned over the windows.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • "Well, Nick Bamba came over Friday night," Qwilleran began, "and we were having a quiet evening with the lights out and loaded firearms across our knees, in case anything happened, when Koko suddenly started making an ungodly fuss.

    The Cat Who Went Underground

  • Punching his older self’s lights out still seemed like a good plan.

    Counting Up, Counting Down

  • If his older selfdid remain here in the twentieth century, Justin still intended to punch his lights out the first chance he got.

    Counting Up, Counting Down


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