- 1The natural light of the day: [as modifier]: the daylight hoursMore example sentences
- Because we had only oil lamps for light I only worked during daylight hours.
- She stared at the dancing flames for hours, daylight passing to twilight and then to darkness.
- They also recommend hunters check out the land during daylight hours to identify public footpaths and other obvious dangers.
- 1.1The first appearance of light in the morning; dawn: I returned at daylightMore example sentences
- The next morning at first daylight we prepared the cars, we packed our bags, we got ready to leave the hotel.
- It wasn't until daylight this morning, I found that a window in my front door had been badly cracked.
- I definitely wanted the animal out of my driveway before daylight and the Monday morning carpool.
- 1.2An appreciable distance or difference between one person or thing and another: their views on education are so close that it’s difficult to see daylight between them the growing daylight between himself and the leading jockeyMore example sentences
- Brent Peters' men finally put some daylight between the two sides in the 90th minute.
- Garryowen responded quickly and two tries and a penalty put daylight between the teams.
- Joe McCann and Sean McDermott continued to score vital baskets to keep daylight between the teams.
—— the living daylights out of
- Do the specified thing to (someone) with great severity: he beat the living daylights out of them he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience[from daylights meaning 'eyes', hence 'any vital organ']More example sentences
- He was employed as a ‘scary actor’ - one of the living figures who people the dungeon and scare the living daylights out of visitors.
- He could be very funny, harshly cruel, and would use his sharp wit and temper to scare the living daylights out of paranoid politicians who had him followed in the night.
- Thus, swearing evolved a useful purpose as a buffer between fury and the instinct to beat the living daylights out of each other.
- 1Gain public exposure or attention: old photographs that rarely see daylightMore example sentences
- Also on the 24th, the long-awaited Peter Gabriel album will finally see daylight.
- The memorable trips are there, captured in old photographs that rarely see daylight.
- If all the circumstances of his killing see daylight, the pressure for a full public inquiry will be irresistible.
- 2Begin to understand what was previously puzzling or unclear: Sam saw daylight. ‘You think he might be your father?’More example sentences
- I don't really expect that the white politicians are going to see daylight tomorrow because we have a new national chief.
- It was as if she was seeing daylight for the first time.