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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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Not for nothing had he first seen the light of day in a lonely lair and fought his first fights with the ptarmigan, the weasel, and the lynx.
And with them, here and there, undisguised by their decent American clothing, smaller in bulk and stature, weazened not alone by age but by the pinch of lean years and early hardship, were grandfathers and mothers who had patently first seen the light of day on old Irish soil.
Smart is one of the best ideas to come out of government, and is probably the longest-surviving initiative developed by the Department of Trade and Industry, having first seen the light of day in 1986.
Her sister-in-law, the Princess Royal, was slated for wearing a dress which had first seen the light of day back in the 1970s.
For Baptiste, the West symbolizes escape not only from race prejudice in the East but also from the qualities of "animal viciousness" he associates with "the average colored man." Micheaux writes that Baptiste "had virtually run away from those parts wherein he had first seen the light of day, to escape the effect of dull indolence; the penurious evil that seemed to have gripped the populace, especially a great portion of his race.
In the new A6, Audi opted for a revolutionary rather than evolutionary change with the new car sporting a brash and aggressive grille that had first seen the light of day on the A8 W12.
Throughout American history, numerous computer companies, trucking firms, and mass merchandisers have first seen the light of day as a series of cryptic etchings on a cocktail napkin, just as many companies were launched in a young entrepreneur's garage, basement, or attic.
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