in the cold light of day

idiom

: 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.

Examples of in the cold light of day in a Sentence

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“In the cold light of day.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20cold%20light%20of%20day. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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