- Chiefly Military. a signal, usually by drum or bugle, that all or certain camp or barracks lights are to be extinguished for the night.
Origin of lights out
First recorded in 1865–70
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- the time when those resident at an institution, such as soldiers in barracks or children at a boarding school, are expected to retire to bed
- a fanfare or other signal indicating or signifying this
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