- the light of day: At the end of the tunnel they could see daylight.
- public knowledge or awareness; openness: The newspaper article brought the scandal out into the daylight.
- the period of day; daytime.
- daybreak; dawn.
- a clear space or gap, especially between two people or things that should be close together, as between the knees of a horseback rider and a saddle.
- disagreement or mental distance between two people: There's very little daylight between the two senators' stances on the issue.
- daylights, Informal. mental soundness, consciousness, or wits: The noise scared the daylights out of us.I'd like to beat/knock the daylights out of him!
- Photography. of, relating to, or being film made for exposure by the natural light of day.
- to suffuse (an interior space) with artificial light or with daylight filtered through translucent materials, as roofing panels.
- see daylight, to progress to a point where completion of a difficult task seems possible or probable.
Origin of daylight
Examples from the Web for daylight
Not 90 seconds later, Brown lay shot to death in broad daylight in the middle of a Missouri street.90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson Are the Key to Making Peace in America
November 26, 2014
“It was a magical feeling, leaving daylight to sneak into a theater,” he says wistfully.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
November 18, 2014
Two gunmen pulled off a daylight heist in the Diamond District and evaded every single cop.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York
November 13, 2014
There are rock-survivor-y types in black, with sunglasses, whose demeanor speaks of lost nights and rare contact with daylight.The Cult of Blondie: Debbie Harry’s Very Special New York Picture Show
October 1, 2014
Leonard was running, but not getting any closer to daylight.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
It was still daylight, and the door of the next dwelling was open.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
About daylight I reached a forest in which I could conceal myself during the day.Biography of a Slave
It is a painful truth that by daylight he was ashamed of his part of the transaction.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Here was her old friend and neighbor asking to take her out for a daylight ride.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There is little time for pleasant talk on a farm while daylight lasts.In the Midst of Alarms
- light from the sun
- (as modifier)daylight film
- the period when it is light; daytime
- see daylight
- to understand something previously obscure
- to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
Word Origin and History for daylight
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.
Idioms and Phrases with daylight
In addition to the idiom beginning with daylight
- daylight robbery
- beat the living daylights out of
- begin to see daylight
- in broad daylight
- let daylight through
- scare out of one's wits (the living daylights out of)