in broad daylight

in broad daylight

Out in the open during the daytime, when anyone can see what's happening. The gangland feud is getting so bad that people are being shot in broad daylight. What's the world coming to when even a nun gets robbed in broad daylight?
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in broad daylight

in the open light of day; clearly visible. The crime was committed in broad daylight. Bill stood there in broad daylight, but we never saw him.
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in broad daylight

COMMON If someone does something illegal or daring in broad daylight, they do it openly in the daytime when people can see it. Six gunmen attacked his car with automatic rifles in broad daylight. I have recently spotted three women wearing Catwoman outfits in broad daylight. Note: This expression is often used to emphasize that someone's behaviour is surprising or shocking.
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in broad daylight

used generally to express surprise or outrage at someone's daring to carry out a particular act, especially a crime, during the day, when anyone could see it.
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in broad ˈdaylight

in the clear light of day, when it is easy to see: He was attacked right in the centre of town in broad daylight. OPPOSITE: (in) the dead of (the) night
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A burglar who smashed his way into a Sunderland home in broad daylight has been jailed.
The attack happened in broad daylight on Mary Street in Balsall Heath on Saturday, May 13.
A TEENAGE girl was robbed at a cashpoint in broad daylight near a pub in Hudders-field.
AN ELDERLY woman was injured after a cowardly thief pushed her over in broad daylight and stole her purse.
I WAS shocked to read about a horrendous attack on a deaf woman in broad daylight in St Stephen's Green on Monday.
A 21-YEAR-OLD man who was shot in the head in broad daylight in Coventry remains in a critical condition.
BURGLARS stole TVs, laptops and a guitar in broad daylight after a spate of break-ins in Newcastle's Arthurs Hill.
London: A man will appear in a London court on Thursday charged with the murder of a British soldier on a London street in broad daylight last week, police said.
Rigby, a 25-year-old veteran of the Afghan war, was killed in broad daylight by two men.
John's shows a thief stealing a coat from the store in broad daylight.
RAWALPINDI -- In Dhok Husso, the area which falls in the jurisdiction of Ratta Police Station, the rate of looting citizens on gun-point in broad daylight has increased considerably.
A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been held up at knifepoint in broad daylight, police revealed yesterday.
A MAN hit a 28-year-old woman in the face as he tried to steal her handbag in broad daylight.
Attacked in broad daylight on a busy street, this young man is the broken face of Wales' rising violent crime rate.
He held up the Eagle Foods truck in broad daylight before opening fire in view of Delphi students and teachers, according to police.