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Difference between Do a moonlight and Moonlight

do a moonlight—(coll.) secretly move from a flat (under the cover of night) usually to avoid paying the rent:

  • The tenant had done a “moonlight” with no warning even though the lease still had many months to run.

moonlight—(coll.) work (often illegally) at a second job in addition to one’s main job:

  • Sasquatch is a tractor-trailer driver by day—by night, he moonlights as a musically inclined cigar distributor.

Note: The compound does not correlate in meaning with the verb moonshine—(U.S. coll.) make liquor, especially whisky, illicitly:

  • He acknowledged no occupation save that of a squirrel hunter, but he “moonshined” occasionally by way of diversion.