knock the daylights out of

knock the (living) daylights out of (one)

1. To deliver a violent and prolonged physical attack. Our neighbor is in the hospital because a burglar knocked the daylights out of him. I'm worried that the captain of the football team will knock the living daylights out of me if he finds out that I'm secretly seeing his girlfriend. Oh, my boyfriend knows that I would knock the living daylights out of him if he ever lies to me about something that serious.
2. To defeat an opponent decisively. The final score was 17-1? Wow, we really knocked the living daylights out of that team!
See also: daylight, knock, of, out

knock the (living) daylights out of someone

Fig. Inf. to beat someone severely. If you do that again, I will knock the living daylights out of you. Fred wants to knock the living daylights out of his enemy, Mike "Fingers" Moran.
See also: daylight, knock, of, out
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