Definition of light out in English:

light out

phrasal verb

North American
  • Depart hurriedly.

    ‘he lit out for California to ‘find’ himself’
    • ‘MacAdams, a white poet and journalist from Texas who lit out for the cool of New York, is part of it too.’
    • ‘In 1975, the twenty year old Heimo Korth lit out for Alaska, built a fourteen by fourteen foot cabin, and married a native woman.’
    • ‘After breakfast he tries to get some exercise until about 10.15 am, then he reads newspapers, does crosswords and reads his books for the rest of the afternoon before dinner and lights out about 9pm.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago they lit out again, this time to surrender.’
    • ‘Although I was wearing tennis shoes - a big ‘no-no’ when you're in snake country - I lit out at a full run behind a huge black snake I spotted.’
    • ‘I looked at Hanse and nodded and we lit out again.’
    • ‘Just after his twentieth birthday, in 1916, Alves Reis lit out for the Portuguese colony of Angola to make his fortune.’
    • ‘A bunch of us lit out from Maryland and headed down through the Allegheny Mountains to the southwest corner of West Virginia.’
    • ‘His memoir talks about how he gave up the life of a photographer in London and lit out for Paris and how I lit out after him.’
    • ‘We are a society of people who light out for the territory when problems come along.’
    • ‘Janie then lit out of the house with her shotgun, telling Pa she was off to find Lyddie June.’
    • ‘People have lit out after him and it just transforms the whole sport.’
    • ‘After my assignation in the piney woods, I lit out and did not look back.’
    • ‘He was the quintessential American: the Easterner who headed West, lighting out for the Territories, looking back over his shoulder only to make sure no one was following.’