Definition of the cold light of day in US English:

the cold light of day

phrase

  • The objective realities of a situation.

    ‘in the cold light of day it all seemed so ridiculous’
    • ‘She is never, ever going to forget what she did and does not, herself, understand in the cold light of day how it happened.’
    • ‘You have got to sit down and look at things in the cold light of day and I know where the problems are and I know where we can put it right but it is not going to happen overnight.’
    • ‘It's interesting how, after a couple of glasses of wine late on a Friday night, Lisa's quite happy to let me put a photo of her on my website. It's slightly less interesting how, in the cold light of day, she completely changes her mind.’
    • ‘I hope the fans, in the cold light of day, will look at it and have belief in the club.’
    • ‘They will sit down in the cold light of day and decide what they are going to do,’ said a source.’
    • ‘We'll sit down in the cold light of day, understand the facts, discuss it with the player and decide what we want to do.’
    • ‘If they offer me another contract, I would have to sit down and look at it in the cold light of day.’
    • ‘Inevitably we then receive calls from people who, in the cold light of day, begin to realise that they've made a mistake.’
    • ‘I'm very disappointed in the outcome (of the final) and, in the cold light of day, it feels even worse, but we have to get over it.’
    • ‘Matt was very remorseful, having gone through the thing in the cold light of day.’