One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bedtime in a school dormitory, military barracks, or other institution, when lights should be switched off.‘a few minutes before lights out’
- ‘A few minutes before lights out on the ship, Jessica walked up to Ian's door and knocked.’
- ‘The older children, the over 16's, were allowed forty-five minutes more, before lights out at ten.’
- ‘Bedtime around here is 10.30 pm, lights out at 11.’
- ‘I only have one minute until lights out, so I'll explain tomorrow.’
- ‘We had about twenty minutes before lights out every night.’
- ‘So, he worked, counting down the minutes until lights out.’
- ‘My mom says lights out in one minute, so I got to put you away.’
- ‘The machine is in the bedroom as it's also a DVD player so we were able to watch this on Friday night before lights out!’
- ‘The other night, just before lights out in the barracks, the girl I sleep beside on a regular basis had what I thought was a pretty perceptive thought - for a girl.’
- ‘The officer locked them in and then left them, telling them it would be lights out in two minutes.’
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