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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    Shut the lights sounds OK to me, like Hit the lights.

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    (It's worth pointing out that 'Hit the lights' is pretty informal).

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    And "hit the lights" could mean to either turn them off or on.

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    I was beginning to say that in my last post, but then thought I was wrong. Now you've convinced me I wasn't

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I was beginning to say that in my last post, but then thought I was wrong. Now you've convinced me I wasn't

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    I spent five minutes this morning trying to decide whether I thought "Hit the lights" would refer to turning them on or off. By the time I'd realised it was both, I was late for work and didn't have time to post.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    On or off for me.

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    Default Re: What can I "shut"?

    Both Metallica and Selena Gomez (separately) have used the expression in songs about taking the stage and getting the crowd all fired up. So it's definitely lights on in that case.

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