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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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bag some rays

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

Some amount of sunshine. All I want to do on this vacation is stretch out on the beach and catch some rays. I think Tom's out back catching a few rays.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Police Officer 2 Noel Sanchez and PO1s Edward Ramos, Michael Eric Ramirez, Ray John Rodriguez, Gaudencio Escoton Jr., Sepzon Suclad, John Ryan Rodriguez, Dennis Eria and Leny Atma were arrested and disarmed by operatives of the District Intelligence Division and Special Operations Unit, according to QCPD director Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel.
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NEW SERVICE Restart Bus co-ordinator Steve Robertson, right, with driver Ray John with the converted bus.
Ray John, John Wile and Gareth Wharton all received knocks last week, but should be fit to take their places in the Reds' starting line-up.
Erwin Garcia, head of QCPD-Station 11's Special Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU); PO2 Noel Sanchez; PO2 Dennis Eria; PO1 Edward Ramos; PO1 Michael Eric Ramirez; PO1 Ray John Rodriguez; PO1 Gaudencio Estocon; PO1 Sepzon Suclad, PO1 Ryan Rodriguez; and PO1 Leny Atma.
MARION JOHN Marion Ray John (nee Davies) was born May 30, 1944, died October 14, 2001, in Pontypridd.
Caretakers Ray John and Martin Jones will be hoping they can produce the midas touch at Stebonheath Park, but it will not be easy against TNS who are full of confidence.
Llanelli have yet to appoint a successor to Proctor and assistant player/manager Ray John and football development officer Martin Evans will be in charge for their game with TNS at Stebonheath Park tomorrow.
Manager Gary Proctor hopes to have injured quartet Mark Dickerson, Ray John, Gareth Wharton and Andy Hill back in action.
The TH-57 and C-17 contracts FlightSafety has received clearly demonstrate our ability and commitment to provide the highest quality products and training services, said Ray Johns, Executive Vice President.
Ray Johns called "the worst moment of the worst day," Williams gave his partner the head start.
Readers ultimately voted for Ray Johns to take home the grand prize, but he squared off against two other big ideas in a close race.
Ray Johns Jr., the commander of Air Force Mobility Command, is quoted: "I can't go to the new market until the market exists." The presumption is that biofuels are currently more expensive to produce than JP-8 because there are not enough customers buying in bulk to reach the economy of scale that would lower the price.
And with yesterday's gig counting towards their final marks, the pair even managed to rope their lecturer Ray Johns into playing the role of pianist Billy Preston.
Anthony Giralt, an anesthesiologist, and Ray Johns, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, both of whom were employed by Anesthesiology Associates of Tallahassee, P.A.