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.
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.
Idioms about daylight
see daylight, to progress to a point where completion of a difficult task seems possible or probable.
- pre·day·light, noun
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How to use daylight in a sentence
As a result, little daylight existed between fame as a young, attractive woman with any hint of a sex life and what we now know as public shaming.Britney Spears and the trauma of being young, female and famous in the ’90s | Ashley Fetters | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
In daylight, Brookesia chameleons scour the forest floor, snatching up mites and other small invertebrates, Glaw’s team suspects.A new chameleon species may be the world’s tiniest reptile | Jonathan Lambert | February 4, 2021 | Science News
If daylight permits, you can make forays to try to find a vantage, but mark a trail for your return.
How to use a happy lampLight therapy for SAD is most effective when you start using the lamp in the early fall and continue on until spring, when enough ambient daylight is restored and symptoms subside.
It’s got three light settings—warm light, daylight, and cool light—with 10 brightness levels in each setting.
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 | Michael Daly | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“It was a magical feeling, leaving daylight to sneak into a theater,” he says wistfully.
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 | John Surico | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Tim Teeman | October 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Leonard was running, but not getting any closer to daylight.
When I had finished, the other guests had all gone out, but daylight was coming in, and I began to feel more at home.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
We were about nine hours of fair daylight traversing 160 miles of level or descending grade, with a light passenger train.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
They're up every mornin' uv thar lives long afore daylight, a feedin' their stock, an' gittin' ready fur the day's work.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
It was broad daylight still, but gloomy there: the window had the pleasure of reposing under the leads, and was gloomy at noon.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
daylight failed and night came on before our task was finished, several carriages remaining unexamined.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for daylight
light from the sun
(as modifier): daylight film
the period when it is light; daytime
to understand something previously obscure
to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
- 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
Other 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)
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