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shoot the lights out

verb phrase

To excel; perform superbly: These kids will jump right up and shoot the lights out on you/ He shoots the lights out in physics, calculus, biology

[1970s+ Sports; perhaps fr the accuracy of marksmanship implied if one is to hit a small target like a lightbulb; certainly influenced by the notion of knocking the daylights, or earlier the liver and lights, ''liver and lungs, innards,'' out of someone or something]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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