1. a prescribed bedtime
Hypernyms: ↑bedtime
Part Holonyms: ↑night, ↑nighttime, ↑dark
2. (military) signal to turn the lights out
Syn: ↑taps
Hypernyms: ↑bugle call

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷\ noun (plural lights-out)
1. : a command or signal (as a bell or bugle call) for putting out lights
2. : a prescribed bedtime for persons living under discipline (as in a boarding school or army camp)

the only place where he could hide to study after lights-out — H.H.Martin

while away the hours before lights-outEnglish Digest

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lights-out UK US noun [uncountable]
the time at night when people in a school, camp, prison or other institution must turn off the lights and go to sleep
Thesaurus: school or university dayhyponym relating to prison lifehyponym degrees and other academic qualificationshyponym

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lights-out «LYTS OWT», noun.
a signal at which lights must be put out.

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/ˈlaıtsˈaʊt/ noun [noncount]
: a time when people (such as soldiers, prisoners, or students) are required to turn out the lights and go to bed

Lights-out is at 10 p.m.

They have to be back before lights-out.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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