light out


lit or lighted out; lighting out; lights out

intransitive verb

: to leave in a hurry
lit out for home at once

Examples of light out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here is the first edition of the fall season. Team of the Week Reservoir football The Gators’ offense has been lights out to start the season, averaging 48.5 points per game in a pair of wins over Centennial and Oakland Mills. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 Winds are light out of the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023 Mother McAuley 8-0 (1) Sydney Buchanan has been lights out in the front row for Mighty Macs. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 That question might have been answered Tuesday when Fujinami was lights out in the 10th inning for his second save since joining the Orioles from the Oakland Athletics in July. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 6 Sep. 2023 He has been lights out over several extended stretches too, entering Tuesday with a 2.33 ERA on the season, second-best among Dodgers relievers. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 The flame-throwing lefty was lights out in game one of the Little League World Series Wednesday, striking out 15 over five-and-one-third innings, and the Rhode Island state champions hung on for a 3-1 victory over Henderson, Nevada. Globe Columnist,, 16 Aug. 2023 The two were going to light out from Half Moon Bay on Thursday morning to hunt some deep-sea giants for most of the day. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 With this in mind, look for a fixture that drops away from the ceiling, or spreads the light out to create a more pleasant ambience. Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


light entry 6

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of light out was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Light out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

light out

: to leave in a hurry
lit out for home

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