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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Verily, in broad daylight did he fall asleep, the sluggard
This is quite far enough to imbue me with great respect for the Martian firearm, and some telepathic force must have warned me against an attempt to escape in broad daylight from under the muzzles of twenty of these death-dealing machines.
Already he knew who that one was, for his nostrils had told him as plainly as your eyes or mine tell us of the identity of an old friend whom we come upon in broad daylight.
Only Captain Granet," she remarked, "and I suppose even your dislike of him doesn't go so far as to suggest that he is likely to play the would-be murderer in broad daylight.
We was dressed up fine, and we played it on them in broad daylight.
He was evidently bent on seeing the man whom his sister had spoken to, in broad daylight.
It seems as if I had looked at everything, hitherto, in broad daylight, or else in the ruddy light of a cheerful fire, glimmering and dancing through a room.
But he very seldom left it, and still more rarely was seen walking in broad daylight.
If the police here knew their business they would shoot you full of holes with revolvers, or else try to sand-bag you from behind in broad daylight.
As it is, we can take 'em the whole twelve thousand ounces, or rather I can, as soon as I like, in broad daylight.
His face was pale with his wound and with loss of blood, like the moon in broad daylight, and his fair hair was clotted in points upon his forehead, where the blood had hardened.
My own private secretary murdered in broad daylight and with apparent impunity
Suppose we had attained our end, would it not have been better to have found continents in broad daylight than a country plunged in utter darkness?
That would never do, or they would be at the Lairs in broad daylight, and Mowgli meant to hold them under his tree till dusk.
To make up successfully as one of these two in broad daylight, it would need an actor of genius, and a certain initial facial resemblance.