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Related to daylights: Living Daylights
1. The light of day; sunlight.
a. Dawn: at work before daylight.
3. Exposure to public notice: corrupt business practices that were finally brought to daylight.
4. Understanding or insight into what was formerly obscure: new evidence that gave the researchers some daylight into the matter.
5. Sports An opening, as between defensive players, especially one providing an opportunity for action: The running back found some daylight and gained six yards.
6. daylights Slang One's wits: "His adventurism had scared the daylights out of them" (Frederick Forsyth).
To make sufficient progress so that completion of a project seems possible.
consciousness or wits (esp in the phrases scare, knock, or beat the (living) daylights out of someone)