moonlight flit


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moonlight flit

n
informal Brit a hurried departure at night, esp from rented accommodation to avoid payment of rent owed. Often shortened to: moonlight
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Linda Hannon, who still has her engagement ring, opened up about his moonlight flit ahead of the Rocketman biopic, which focuses on Elton coming to terms with his sexuality.
The factory opened in 1814 and closed in 1820, Billingsley and Walker doing virtually a moonlight flit to work for Coalport in Shropshire.
IN scenes that could have come from the pages of Animal Farm, these beasts hoof it through the streets after doing a moonlight flit from their field.
Bill described the grinding abject poverty of the 1920s and 1930s, when for example children often went missing from school on Monday mornings because their families, unable to afford their rents, did a "moonlight flit" over the weekend.
"On a break," is how the Beeb explained the show's broadcast equivalent of a moonlight flit the other week, but promised a return 'in the spring'.
Or maybe you're expected to do a moonlight flit. Choices.
One landlord said that a previous tenant had done a moonlight flit owing several month's rent and the property was left in such a state that it had to be professionally cleaned, repaired and redecorated before he could rent it again.
But as she pulls up in her flash new sports car on Friday and offers him the chance to do a moonlight flit with her, will Dennis be Thelma to Glo's Louise?
The names of these new events, dubbed "dark races", range from cute (the "Moonlight Flit"), to cheeky ("Wild Night Run") to frankly, a little scary ("Night Terror").
One day, Ferguson will surprise us all by performing a moonlight flit from the Theatre of Dreams.
On a number of occasions the family had 'to do a moonlight flit' and leave their home at night because they had 'knocked the landlord on the head' - they were in arrears with their rent.
There were never any other children around called Spencer when I was a little urchin and subsequently whenever I went to a new school, which was quite often as my mum and dad were always doing a "moonlight flit", I was the subject of guffaws and ridicule and several "Oooh Betty" comments as Frank Spencer was a big TV star at the time.