Definition of see the light of day in US English:

see the light of day

phrase

  • 1Be born.

    • ‘George Headley was a prolific scorer for Jamaica, but he wasn't actually born there - he first saw the light of day in Panama in Central America.’
    1. 1.1 Come into existence; be made public, visible, or available.
      ‘this software first saw the light of day back in 1993’
      • ‘Pioneering climber, explorer, and mapmaker Bradford Washburn has shot some of the most epic mountain photography of all time - much of which has never seen the light of day.’
      • ‘This song is taken from the Excellent album Soul Drums (Featuring Funky Donkey) released in 1968, but as far as I know it's never seen the light of day on CD.’
      • ‘Prepared in 1999, and intended for public release, the report has never seen the light of day.’
      • ‘Most labor publications don't even see the light of day outside of their local union.’
      • ‘But let me tell you this: if nothing else I write sees the light of day, I won't care.’
      • ‘What I'd love to do is help publish a volume of his short stories that haven't seen the light of day.’
      • ‘And somehow, in all his research, Marshall also missed this astonishing piece of news, which likewise has not seen the light of day before.’
      • ‘Without that right, important information that should be available to the public would never see the light of day.’
      • ‘Protests were minimal and terrorist activity, if it existed, never saw the light of day.’
      • ‘In Saturday's edition of The British Medical Journal, there was a paper that many people in public health wish had never seen the light of day.’