1. [early 19C–1930s] credit; thus strike a light, to open a line of credit; get a light, to obtain credit; have one’s light put out, to have one’s credit stopped.
2. [early 19C+] in pl., the eyes [20C+ usage is usu. US black].
3. [20C+] a small amount of money.
4. [20C+] (W.I.) insanity, craziness; thus have a light, to be crazy [? SE light-headed].
5. [1900s] (US campus) a bright, clever person.
SE in slang uses
[mid-16C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) the day; thus bene lightmans ‘good day’.
see separate entry.
[early 19C] of a thief, to produce stolen property in order to claim a reward or quash a prosecution.
[1970s+] insane, mentally deficient, vacant.
3. in fig. use, the end.
1. [early 17C; mid-19C+] to kill, to murder; thus rarely, intransitive use, to die
2. [late 19C+] to knock unconscious.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) to inform, to betray a comrade to the police.
see under strike v.