light out

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light out (third-person singular simple present lights out, present participle lighting out, simple past and past participle lit out)

  1. (slang, dated) To run away.
    As he would hitch it up, the horse would bolt and light out for home.
  2. (slang, dated) To seek to escape pursuit by fleeing.
    The outlaws lit out for the border when the soldiers came.