verb (used with object), day·light·ed or day·lit, day·light·ing.
- daylight lamp,
- daylight robbery,
- daylight saving,
- daylight saving time,
- daylight-saving time
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|Michael Daly|November 26, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
Leonard was running, but not getting any closer to daylight.
“Pipelines are no longer built during the night, but in broad daylight,” he said.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine?|Thomas Seibert|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If our dear captain had been there, would he not have been watching for the daylight as we had been?Yr Ynys Unyg|Julia de Winton
Ice and hummocks were quite violet wherever they were turned from the daylight.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
By earliest daylight they come crowding around the camp, as though they expected to find something eatable there.The Land of Fire|Mayne Reid
When I awoke it was daylight, and a glance through a port-hole showed that we were nearing a flat coast.The Fortunate Isles|Mary Stuart Boyd
To get information before the Somme offensive, the new idea of making daylight raids on the German trenches was adopted.
- light from the sun
- (as modifier)daylight film
- to understand something previously obscure
- to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
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.
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)