beat the (living) daylights out of

Definition of beat the (living) daylights out of

  1. :  to beat (someone) very badly They threatened to beat the (living) daylights out of him.

Word by Word Definitions

beatplay
  1. :  to strike repeatedly:

    :  to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

    :  to walk on :  tread

  1. :  a single stroke or blow especially in a series

    :  pulsation, tick

    :  a sound produced by or as if by beating (see 1beat)

  1. :  being in a state of exhaustion :  exhausted

    :  sapped of resolution or morale

    :  of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. :  beatnik

livingplay
  1. :  having life

    :  active, functioning

    :  exhibiting the life or motion of nature :  natural

  1. :  the condition of being alive

    :  means of subsistence :  livelihood

    :  estate, property

daylightplay daylights
  1. :  the light of day

    :  daytime

    :  dawn

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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