verb (used with object), day·light·ed or day·lit, day·light·ing.
Examples from the Web for daylights
Then they beat the living daylights out of the Kiwis, 98-71.Cartoon Streetfights, Giant Mutant Spider Dogs, and More Viral Videos|Jack Holmes|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The gown was worn by Diana on several occasions, including to the premiere of James Bond film The Living Daylights.
They do so by investing in productivity, by outsourcing, and by beating the leaving daylights out of labor.The SEC Can’t Make CEOs Care About Their Employees|Daniel Gross|September 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One of the major—and frustrating—features of this recovery has been that capital is beating the living daylights out of labor.
He also admitted that he “polled the living daylights out of it.”
But as I was saying, our baseball team has to give theirs a handicap, but their football team can beat the daylights out of ours.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
I was goin' t' whale th' daylights out o' ye; but ye're somethin' av a man.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
Thus encouraged, Mr. Appel declared that he wished he would not fry the ham to chips and boil the "daylights" out of the coffee.The Dude Wrangler|Caroline Lockhart
Why, Ma's mother used to warm her ears, and shake the daylights out of her, but it didn't do any good.The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy|George W. Peck
If you get arrogant again, I will beat the living daylights out of you!Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for daylights (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for daylights (2 of 2)
- light from the sun
- (as modifier)daylight film
- to understand something previously obscure
- to realize that the end of a difficult task is approaching
Word Origin and History for daylights
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 daylights
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)