Definition of light out in English:

light out

phrasal verb

North American
informal
  • Depart hurriedly.

    ‘he lit out for California to ‘find’ himself’
    • ‘I looked at Hanse and nodded and we lit out again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People have lit out after him and it just transforms the whole sport.’
    • ‘Janie then lit out of the house with her shotgun, telling Pa she was off to find Lyddie June.’
    • ‘MacAdams, a white poet and journalist from Texas who lit out for the cool of New York, is part of it too.’
    • ‘A bunch of us lit out from Maryland and headed down through the Allegheny Mountains to the southwest corner of West Virginia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are a society of people who light out for the territory when problems come along.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago they lit out again, this time to surrender.’
    • ‘Just after his twentieth birthday, in 1916, Alves Reis lit out for the Portuguese colony of Angola to make his fortune.’
    • ‘After my assignation in the piney woods, I lit out and did not look back.’
    • ‘In 1975, the twenty year old Heimo Korth lit out for Alaska, built a fourteen by fourteen foot cabin, and married a native woman.’
    • ‘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.’