verb (used with object), day·light·ed or day·lit, day·light·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for see daylight
- 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 see 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 see daylight (1 of 2)
see begin to see daylight.
Idioms and Phrases with see daylight (2 of 2)
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)