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first see the light of day

1. To be born. I'm your mother—I've loved you since you first saw the light of day.
2. To be created. His most famous love poem first saw the light of day hours after he met his future wife.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

first see the light of day

 
1. Fig. to be born. My grandfather has taken care of me since I first saw the light of day.
2. Fig. to come into being. Bob's collection of short stories first saw the light of day in a privately printed edition three years ago.
See also: first, light, of, see
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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