daylights


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day·light

 (dā′līt′)
n.
1. The light of day; sunlight.
2.
a. Dawn: at work before daylight.
b. Daytime.
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).
Idiom:
see daylight
To make sufficient progress so that completion of a project seems possible.

daylights

(ˈdeɪˌlaɪts)
pl n
consciousness or wits (esp in the phrases scare, knock, or beat the (living) daylights out of someone)
References in classic literature ?
"Hello, Olaf, you're my meat, savvee that," said the one called Daylight. "To-morrow's my birthday, and I'm going to put you-all on your back--savvee?
"It's Burning Daylight," the Virgin cried, the first to recognize him as he came into the light.
He scribbled the amount on a pad, and the weigher at the bar balanced fifty dollars' worth of dust in the gold-scales and poured it into Burning Daylight's sack.
"You're right, my son," Burning Daylight went on gaily.
Men and women danced in moccasins, and the place was soon a-roar, Burning Daylight the centre of it and the animating spark, with quip and jest and rough merriment rousing them out of the slough of despond in which he had found them.
Men who entered from the street felt it immediately, and in response to their queries the barkeepers nodded at the back room, and said comprehensively, "Burning Daylight's on the tear." And the men who entered remained, and kept the barkeepers busy.
Few men knew Elam Harnish by any other name than Burning Daylight, the name which had been given him in the early days in the land because of his habit of routing his comrades out of their blankets with the complaint that daylight was burning.
"Burning Daylight's burning candlelight," laughed Dan MacDonald, as an outburst of exclamations and merriment came from the dancers.