1. (Aus./Irish) to steal cattle; thus moonlighting n.
|Sport (Adelaide) 3 July 4/7: Kadina chaps come to Wallaroo fishing — not to see if they can do moonlighting .|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 236/1: moonlighting – riding out to hunt sheep or cattle at night.|
|Cavan and Leitrim Railway 12: Despite the forthright condemnation of the priests a ‘Captain Moonlight’ roamed the Leitrim hills and ‘moonlighting’ became a common pastime .|
2. (UK Und.) to engage in criminal activity at night.
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
3. (orig. US) to work at two jobs in order to boost one’s income. The second job is usu. night work, and the other employer may not know about it; thus more usu. as the n. moonlighting
|Shaft 35: Cops were moonlighting as armed cab drivers.|
|Faggots 116: He moonlighted, writing twice-monthly features.|
|Muscle for the Wing 73: I hear he moonlighted as a collector for a loan shark.|
|Pure Cop 109: We get a lot of medical students. They moonlight as pimps and male prostitutes.|
|Guardian G2 22 July 7: Must he moonlight as a columnist?|
|A Steady Rain I iii: He’d stay out late and tell Connie he was moonlighting.|
|All the Colours 117: ‘They were over here building chapels and they did this place on the side. Moonlighting’.|
|Corruption Officer [ebk] cap. 22: I moonlight on my days off doing unauthorized security at the local clothing stores.|
|Killing Pool 216: He’s moonlighting [...] for a few dollars more.|
taking a second, usu. late-night, job in addition to one’s daily employment; also in fig. use, i.e. doing something other than what one should be or claims to be.
|Reporter 8 Aug. 11/3: He takes two or three hours off and then, refreshed by a nap and an early dinner, departs for a second job. . . . The practice is known as ‘moonlighting’.|
|Murder Me for Nickels (2004) 55: Benotti’s got all non-labour [...] six men and they all do moonlighting on the side.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 383: Yours of May 18 reached me [...] forwarded via the Observer with a menacing comment about ‘moonlighting’.letter 7 June in|
|Rivethead (1992) 60: Dale was going to have to pull sixty years of moonlighting [...] to pay off his fleet of farmyard bloodsuckers.|
|Yes We have No 279: There are so many other ways to get ahead. Moonlighting; resales; the black market.|
|Viva La Madness 223: It was his moonlighting that brought this mess down on everybodys heads.|