begin to understand what was previously puzzling or unclear.
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beat the living daylights out of
give someone a very severe beating – informal
Daylight or daylights has been used from the mid 18th century as a metaphor for eyes and here has the extended sense of any vital organ of the body.
use artificial light in daytime
frighten the living daylights out of = scare the living daylights out of
give someone a very severe fright
This expression was a mid 20th-century development from beat the living daylights out of on the premise that the effect of extreme fear is as drastic as physical violence.
1955 - Frank Yerby - The Treasure of Pleasant Valley - Didn't mean to hit him. Meant to throw close to him and scare the living daylights out of him.
see daylight :
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