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punch someone's lights out

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punch someone's lights out

verb phrase

To beat or defeat someone severely; trounce; clobber: Sugar Ray Leonard punched Thomas Hearns's lights out

[1970s+; fr the earlier beat out someone's liver and lights, where lights reflects a Middle English word for ''lungs, esp of a slaughtered animal or game animal,'' now certainly interpreted as ''eyes'' and as ''electric lights'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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