knock the living daylights out of

knock the (living) daylights out of (one)

1. To physically attack one, as with punches and other blows, such that they suffer significant injury. This phrase can be used both literally and hyperbolically. 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 one decisively in a competition. 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

Also, knock the shit or stuffing or tar out of . See beat the living daylights out of.
See also: daylight, knock, living, of, out
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For instance, have you ever seen anybody overdose on cigarettes, then go home and knock the living daylights out of their wife or partner?
Internet anarchists have come up with the perfect antidote to the party conference season - a chance to knock the living daylights out of MPs.
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