One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of riding by night, especially (US) on horseback for the purpose of violent intimidation; an instance of this.
That rides by night, especially (US) to commit acts of violence and intimidation.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Scientific American. From night + riding<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Lamb (1775–1834), essayist. From night + riding.
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