beat the (living) daylights out of

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of beat the (living) daylights out of

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

Word by Word Definitions

beat play
  1. : to strike repeatedly:

  2. : to hit repeatedly so as to inflict pain

  3. : to walk on : tread

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

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

  3. : a driving impact or force

  1. : being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted

  2. : sapped of resolution or morale

  3. : of, relating to, or being beatniks

  1. : beatnik

living play
  1. : having life

  2. : active, functioning

  3. : exhibiting the life or motion of nature : natural

  1. : the condition of being alive

  2. : means of subsistence : livelihood

  3. : estate, property

daylight play daylights
  1. : the light of day

  2. : daytime

  3. : dawn

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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