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daylight

[dey-lahyt]
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noun
  1. the light of day: At the end of the tunnel they could see daylight.
  2. public knowledge or awareness; openness: The newspaper article brought the scandal out into the daylight.
  3. the period of day; daytime.
  4. daybreak; dawn.
  5. 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.
  6. disagreement or mental distance between two people: There's very little daylight between the two senators' stances on the issue.
  7. 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!
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adjective
  1. Photography. of, relating to, or being film made for exposure by the natural light of day.
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verb (used with object), day·light·ed or day·lit, day·light·ing.
  1. to suffuse (an interior space) with artificial light or with daylight filtered through translucent materials, as roofing panels.
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Idioms
  1. see daylight, to progress to a point where completion of a difficult task seems possible or probable.
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Origin of daylight

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at day, light1
Related formspre·day·light, noun
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Examples from the Web for daylight

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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Charles Thompson

  • It is a painful truth that by daylight he was ashamed of his part of the transaction.

  • Here was her old friend and neighbor asking to take her out for a daylight ride.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • There is little time for pleasant talk on a farm while daylight lasts.


British Dictionary definitions for daylight

daylight

noun
    1. light from the sun
    2. (as modifier)daylight film
  1. the period when it is light; daytime
  2. daybreak
  3. see daylight
    1. to understand something previously obscure
    2. to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
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See also daylights
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for daylight

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with daylight

daylight

In addition to the idiom beginning with daylight

  • daylight robbery

also see:

  • 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)
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