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  • n. Going away from one's usual residence for an entire night, and returning the next day.
  • n. Spending the evening away from one's usual residence. The phrase typically implies going to a restaurant, going to watch entertainment, or other types of urban nightlife, starting from about 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and lasting until approximately 11:00 pm or later.


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  • All the afternoon at the office, and towards night out by coach with my wife, she to the 'Change, and I to see the price of a copper cisterne for the table, which is very pretty, and they demand L6 or L7 for one; but I will have one.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, September 1667

  • This one is for Katie Desmond, who fed me Oreos for breakfast on my wedding day, appreciates the fashion sense of blue suede shoes, and knows just how many people died that first night out on the QEII.


  • A night on the town with Stuey Ungar when he was in the chips was like a night out with Diamond Jim Brady.

    One of a Kind

  • Had worn it day in and night out while zlipping and shopping, while showering, and while making love.

    Trouble Magnet

  • The humorously named Maiden Lane, once the centre of bawdy entertainments, was now a staid enclave of the fashion industry, and these days, few men woke after a night out on the town to find themselves on a ship bound for Shanghai.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • For one brief moment, Walter contemplated ignoring the page, shutting off the little gadget, and enjoying a quiet night out with his wife.


  • We started from Fort Hays on the 15th of N6vember, and the first night out a blizzard struck us and carried away our tents; and as the gale was so violent that they could not be put up again, the rain and snow drenched us to the skin.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • It was remarkable that the first night out Felicita had been nervous and wakeful and the dogs had barked; but by the second night she felt the friendly presence of the wilderness: it pervaded all her sleep.

    Spring o' the Year

  • Here come a gentleman over from France arrived here this day, Mr. Browne of St. Mellos, who, among other things, tells me the meaning of the setting out of doggs every night out of the towne walls, which are said to secure the city; but it is not so, but only to secure the anchors, cables, and ships that lie dry, which might otherwise in the night be liable to be robbed.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, May/Jun 1666

  • In truth, if anything could ever induce me to sleep another night out of my own house, it would have been your friendly invitation and my sollicitude for the subject of it, the education of our youth.



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