from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A night revel; a tumult or frolic in the night.


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  • After the drinking of good Bordeaux wine, there is a point (I do not say a pint) at which men arrive, when all the generous faculties of the soul are awakened and in full vigour; when the wit brightens and breaks out in sudden flashes; when the intellects are keenest; when the pent-up words and confined thoughts get a night-rule, and rush abroad and disport themselves; when the kindliest affection, come out and shake hands with mankind, and the timid Truth jumps up naked out of his well and proclaims himself to all the world.

    The Virginians

  • 1027: What night-rule now about this haunted groue?

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (1623 First Folio Edition)


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