Shouldn't America have at least one officer of cabinet rank who scares the daylights out of these people?
The gown was worn by Diana on several occasions, including to the premiere of James Bond film The Living daylights.
Then they beat the living daylights out of the Kiwis, 98-71.
Profits are high in part because management has been beating the living daylights out of labor in this recovery.
One of the major—and frustrating—features of this recovery has been that capital is beating the living daylights out of labor.
Think of 'em, and then set your teeth and yank the 'tarnal daylights out of her.
Didn't he throw a gun on yez once an' scare the daylights out of yez?
"We'll hammer the daylights out of 'em," came from one lad, who could only be brave when backed up by a crowd.
I must have been enough to scare the daylights out of any one.
If any stranger attempts to fool around that mule he will get the everlasting daylights kicked out of him.
c.1300 (as two words from mid-12c., daies liht), from day + light (n.); its figurative sense of "clearly visible open space between two things" (1820) has been used in references to boats in a race, U.S. football running backs avoiding opposing tackles, a rider and a saddle, and the rim of a glass and the surface of the liquor. The (living) daylights that you beat out of someone were originally slang for "the eyes" (1752), extended figuratively to the vital senses.
A clear and open space between two things, horses, players, boats, etc: Daylight began to open between the two leaders/ He went into the line, but couldn't find any daylight (1820+)
To work at a second job during the day: who is daylighting in an ad agency as a producer of commercials (1970s+)
[verb sense based on moonlight]