Definition of — the living daylights out of in English:

— the living daylights out of

phrase

  • Do the specified thing to (someone) with great severity.

    ‘he beat the living daylights out of them’
    ‘he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience’
    • ‘Have I mentioned that heights scare the living daylights out of me?’
    • ‘She sat there, muttering to herself and overall amusing the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘One day in an ice-stricken back alley I saw a fat little man beat the daylights out of four larger, stronger assailants.’
    • ‘You hurt one man of mine and knocked the daylights out of another, stole my horse and tried to kill me.’
    • ‘These true stories of dark doings, loose ends, and unexplained terror keep us up at night, defy all reason, and scare the living daylights out of us.’
    • ‘The young man grabbed Kayla's arms before she could beat the daylights out of the captain.’
    • ‘It turned out to be nothing, but scared the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘He would have beaten the daylights out of anyone who would have treated his only daughter in such a fashion.’
    • ‘I told him since he seemed unable to assure that my daughter would be safe in his school I'd sue the living daylights out of him, the school, the city etc.’
    • ‘So one night she hides in the cemetery and figures to scare the living daylights out of him.’
    • ‘He wisely refrained from punching the daylights out of the man.’
    • ‘Thus, swearing evolved a useful purpose as a buffer between fury and the instinct to beat the living daylights out of each other.’
    • ‘The cops aren't smart enough to hear news helicopters chopping over their heads as they kick the daylights out of suspected car thieves.’
    • ‘It had him pinned and was choking the daylights out of him.’
    • ‘I looked up to see a seventeen-year-old standing over me, about to beat the living daylights out of my eleven-year-old body.’
    • ‘"Yeah and you scare the living daylights out of me because of it.’
    • ‘She wasn't ashamed to admit he scared the living daylights out of her.’
    • ‘I growled and tried to figure out a way to get some slack for my arms so that I could beat the living daylights out of the idiot that had hold of me.’
    • ‘He could be very funny, harshly cruel, and would use his sharp wit and temper to scare the living daylights out of paranoid politicians who had him followed in the night.’
    • ‘The snooty royal English sat on their powdered bums and taxed the daylights out of the poor citizens.’
    • ‘Performing at Prithvi has terrified the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘But some teams overcame that inherent deficit by slugging the daylights out of the ball on 0-0.’
    • ‘Why are we not working right now to develop their good will prior to our bombing the daylights out of them?’
    • ‘"You scared the living daylights out of me, " Natalia whispered harshly.’
    • ‘The film looks like jolly fun, but includes images that will scare the daylights out of little kids.’
    • ‘We've got a reputation of being real nasty when it comes to contracts, because I'll scratch the daylights out of a contract, and they don't like that.’
    • ‘We stayed friends however, until he decided that girls had germs, and promptly settled for bugging the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘The only reason why I didn't beat the living daylights out of Travis was because Lisa begged me not to.’
    • ‘Birds were chirping brightly outside… I wanted to punch their daylights out.’
    • ‘I would take them out into the front street and beat the living daylights out of them.’
    • ‘He had a sudden urge to beat the living daylights out of Taylor.’
    • ‘It was such a treat to shock the daylights out of him.’
    • ‘He teases the daylights out of me.’
    • ‘The Professor admits to having gone on much longer than intended about a subject that will bore the daylights out of readers.’
    • ‘He was employed as a ‘scary actor’ - one of the living figures who people the dungeon and scare the living daylights out of visitors.’