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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!
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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!
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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

 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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a ray of sunshine

someone or something that makes you feel hopeful The company's earnings provided a ray of sunshine for investors on Friday. Sara's visit was a ray of sunshine in her grandmother's day.
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catch some rays

(slang) also catch a few rays
to lie or sit outside in the sun This summer, there are plenty of festivals and outdoor concerts where you can catch some rays while enjoying the music.
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catch some rays

  (informal) also catch a few rays (informal)
to lie or sit outside in the sun I thought I'd take my lunch outside and catch a few rays.
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a ray of sunshine

someone or something that makes you feel happy, especially in a difficult situation Amid all the gloom, their grandchild has been a real ray of sunshine.
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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]
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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.
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bag some rays

verb
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rays

n. sunshine. (Collegiate.) I’m going to go out and get some rays today.
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