in the cold light of day

Definition of in the cold light of day

  1. :  in the day when things can be seen clearly rather than at night The house that had looked so sinister at night seemed much less frightening in the cold light of day. —sometimes used figuratively She forced me to look at myself in the cold light of day, and I didn't like what I saw.

Word by Word Definitions

coldplay
  1. :  having or being a temperature that is uncomfortably low for humans

    :  having a relatively low temperature or one lower than normal or expected

    :  not heated: such as

  1. :  bodily sensation produced by loss or lack of heat

    :  a condition of low temperature

    :  cold weather

  1. :  with utter finality :  absolutely, completely

    :  abruptly

    :  without introduction or advance notice

lightplay
  1. :  something that makes vision possible

    :  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

    :  electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second

  1. :  having light :  bright

    :  not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring :  pale

    :  medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. :  to become light :  brighten

    :  to take fire

    :  to set fire to

  1. :  having little weight :  not heavy

    :  designed to carry a comparatively small load

    :  having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. :  lightly

    :  with little baggage

  1. :  dismount

    :  settle, alight

    :  to arrive by chance :  happen

  1. :  the time of light between one night and the next

    :  daylight

    :  daytime


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