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get some rays

To spend some time in the sun (often with goal of tanning). We're supposed to have nice weather this afternoon, so why don't we go to the beach and get some rays? I'm really glad I got some rays on vacation—I was so pale before!
See also: get, ray

grab some rays

To spend some time in the sun (often with goal of tanning). We're supposed to have nice weather this afternoon, so why don't we go to the beach and grab some rays? I'm really glad I grabbed some rays on vacation—I was so pale before!
See also: grab, ray

ray of sunshine

Someone or something that makes others feel happy and positive, often during a difficult time. My best friend was a real ray of sunshine when I was recovering from surgery.
See also: of, ray, sunshine

ray of light

1. Literally, a beam of light. A ray of light warmed my face through the window. How can you read in here? There's hardly a single ray of light!
2. Someone or something that brings one joy and/or hope, especially in a challenging situation. My daughter has been a real ray of light these days—I'm so glad to have her here as I fight this illness. After we moved, we got a puppy, which has been such a ray of light for the kids as they adjust to life in a new place.
See also: light, of, ray

catch some rays

To spend time in sunlight, often by sunbathing. I love laying on the beach and catching some rays. Now that it's sunny again after so many rainy days, we should get out and catch some rays.
See also: catch, ray

one ray of hope

A single minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. This penalty kick is our one ray of hope—if we make this, we can still tie the game and force overtime. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains one ray of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
See also: hope, of, one, ray

ray of hope

A minute indication that something may improve, succeed, or turn out for the best in the end. Fans clung to a ray of hope that their team might score a last-minute touchdown to tie the game. Although peace talks have broken down between the two warring countries, there remains a ray of hope that a truce of some kind can still be salvaged.
See also: hope, of, ray

catch some rays

 and bag some rays
Fig. to get some sunshine; to tan in the sun. We wanted to catch some rays, but the sun never came out the whole time we were there. I went to Hawaii to bag some rays.
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catch some rays

Sunbathe, as in I want a good tan so I think I'll go catch some rays. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
See also: catch, ray

a ray of sunshine

1. If you describe someone as a ray of sunshine, you mean that they are always happy and pleasant. Neighbours described the 4-year-old girl as `a ray of sunshine — a cheerful little girl who brightened up all our lives'. Note: You often hear people say that someone is like a ray of sunshine. Kim is like a ray of sunshine, a wonderful and beautiful girl who has completely changed my life. Note: This expression is sometimes used ironically to describe a person who is always miserable and negative.
2. If you describe something as a ray of sunshine, you mean it brings happiness, often during a sad or hopeless time. Emily Jones's first birthday next week will be a ray of sunshine in the darkness of the coming days. Note: You often hear people say that something is like a ray of sunshine. The news was like a ray of sunshine in the winter's gloom. Note: You can also say that something brings a ray of sunshine to someone or something. The Oscars bring a ray of sunshine to our dark February days.
See also: of, ray, sunshine

ray of sunshine

someone or something that brings happiness into the lives of others.
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catch some ˈrays

(especially American English, slang) sunbathe (= sit or lie in the sun, especially in order to go brown): Let ’s go to the beach and catch some rays before the sun goes down.
See also: catch, ray

the one/a ray of ˈhope

the one small sign of improvement in a difficult situation: They’ve actually stopped fighting, so perhaps there’s a ray of hope after all.Our one ray of hope is the bank. They might agree to lend us the money we need.
See also: hope, of, one, ray

a ray of ˈsunshine

(informal) a person or thing that makes somebody’s life happier: She calls her granddaughter her ‘little ray of sunshine’.
See also: of, ray, sunshine

catch some rays

and bag some rays
tv. to get some sunshine; to tan in the sun. We wanted to catch some rays, but the sun never came out the whole time we were there. I want to get out on that beach and bag some rays.
See also: catch, ray

bag some rays

verb
See also: bag, ray

rays

n. sunshine. (Collegiate.) I’m going to go out and get some rays today.
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These blue and red shifts broaden the spectrum of X rays emitted from the iron atoms in the accretion disk.
The kids were enthusiastic as Ray took charge and got them into the act making an easy Barbecued Chicken Pizza recipe from the book with store-bought Boboli pizza crusts.
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Yet Ray is a type A workhorse who is forever plotting ways to maximize her time as a political activist and musician.
One had him trying on clothes for the camera: The sixteen photographs that make up All My Clothes, 1973, demonstrate that, no matter which rumpled ensemble Ray models, we can take away nothing very valuable from his amiably geeky presence.
These facts were known to Ray when she was making her on-air comments.
The son and grandson of well-known writers, Ray broke the formulaic mold of Indian cinema with his first feature, the 1955 ``Pather Panchali.
Part of the emitted x-ray flux undergoes Bragg diffraction and those x rays of the proper wavelength are focused to a line, which is occupied by the entrance of a proportional counter.
In recognition of her work with the support group that has given comfort and counsel to hundreds of women, a wing of the hospital was designated the Marcia Ray Breast Center in 2000.
and her colleagues found signs of cosmic ray ions in the Tycho supernova.
But as adults, Ray wasn't laughing when Los Angeles County deputies mistook the former Eagle Rock resident for his brother Jay - a federal fugitive wanted on bank robbery charges.
But few other fish pull on 6- to 10-pound line quite like the bat ray, as I discovered on a sunny Friday in late spring when more than 200 fish in a variety of species were caught and released by four anglers in the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors.
it could potentially allow you to use more-normal sources of X rays, like X-ray tubes," comments L.
The U7A soft x-ray materials characterization facility utilizes polarized soft x rays between 180 eV and 1500 eV to reveal the structure and chemical nature of diverse materials.