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- To work on the side (at a secondary job), often in the evening or during the night.
- (by extension) To engage in an activity other than what one is known for.
In American English, to moonlight is simply to work at secondary employment; in British English, it used to imply working secretly (i.e. not paying tax on the extra money earned), but more recent editions of some UK dictionaries no longer mention a difference to the US usage.
- ^ Chambers Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart (ed.), Chambers, 1988
- Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 2001
- ^ The Illustrated Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1998
- ^ Mish, Drederick C. (ed.). 1995. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 10th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.
- ^ Treffry, Diana (ed.). 1999. Collins Paperback English Dictionary. 4th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins.