"The lights out"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 1 16:29:02 UTC 2005

>  >Maybe an unexpected development of  "punch someone's lights out" (punch
>>them unconscious, or at least helpless) > "pitch (someone's / their)
>>lights out" > "pitch lights-out."
>And "beat the daylights out of...."
In particular, "beat the living daylights out of", as opposed to
those easy-to-beat-out dead daylights.


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