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get some rays

To spend some time in the sun (often with goal of tanning). We're supposed to have nice weather this afternoon, so why don't we go to the beach and get some rays? I'm really glad I got some rays on vacation—I was so pale before!
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grab some rays

To spend some time in the sun (often with goal of tanning). We're supposed to have nice weather this afternoon, so why don't we go to the beach and grab some rays? I'm really glad I grabbed some rays on vacation—I was so pale before!
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ray of sunshine

Someone or something that makes others feel happy and positive, often during a difficult time. My best friend was a real ray of sunshine when I was recovering from surgery.
See also: of, ray, sunshine

ray of light

1. Literally, a beam of light. A ray of light warmed my face through the window. How can you read in here? There's hardly a single ray of light!
2. Someone or something that brings one joy and/or hope, especially in a challenging situation. My daughter has been a real ray of light these days—I'm so glad to have her here as I fight this illness. After we moved, we got a puppy, which has been such a ray of light for the kids as they adjust to life in a new place.
See also: light, of, ray

catch some rays

To spend time in sunlight, often by sunbathing. I love laying on the beach and catching some rays. Now that it's sunny again after so many rainy days, we should get out and catch some rays.
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catch some rays

 and bag some rays
Fig. to get some sunshine; to tan in the sun. We wanted to catch some rays, but the sun never came out the whole time we were there. I went to Hawaii to bag some rays.
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catch some rays

Sunbathe, as in I want a good tan so I think I'll go catch some rays. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
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a ray of sunshine

1. If you describe someone as a ray of sunshine, you mean that they are always happy and pleasant. Neighbours described the 4-year-old girl as `a ray of sunshine — a cheerful little girl who brightened up all our lives'. Note: You often hear people say that someone is like a ray of sunshine. Kim is like a ray of sunshine, a wonderful and beautiful girl who has completely changed my life. Note: This expression is sometimes used ironically to describe a person who is always miserable and negative.
2. If you describe something as a ray of sunshine, you mean it brings happiness, often during a sad or hopeless time. Emily Jones's first birthday next week will be a ray of sunshine in the darkness of the coming days. Note: You often hear people say that something is like a ray of sunshine. The news was like a ray of sunshine in the winter's gloom. Note: You can also say that something brings a ray of sunshine to someone or something. The Oscars bring a ray of sunshine to our dark February days.
See also: of, ray, sunshine

catch some rays

and bag some rays
tv. to get some sunshine; to tan in the sun. We wanted to catch some rays, but the sun never came out the whole time we were there. I want to get out on that beach and bag some rays.
See also: catch, ray

bag some rays

verb
See also: bag, ray

rays

n. sunshine. (Collegiate.) I’m going to go out and get some rays today.
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References in classic literature ?
And you can watch my Ray, For I must go away And dance with Ella Sweyn at Elsinore!
At this depth I could still see the rays of the sun, though feebly; to their intense brilliancy had succeeded a reddish twilight, the lowest state between day and night; but we could still see well enough; it was not necessary to resort to the Ruhmkorff apparatus as yet.
Because, though we are floating in space, our projectile, bathed in the solar rays, will receive light and heat.
Indeed, under these rays which no atmosphere can temper, either in temperature or brilliancy, the projectile grew warm and bright, as if it had passed suddenly from winter to summer.
The thick window inserted in the bottom could bear any amount of weight, and Barbicane and his companions walked upon it as if it were solid plank; but the sun striking it directly with its rays lit the interior of the projectile from beneath, thus producing singular effects of light.
When Ray and Barbara founded the company four decades ago, Ray was employed as a Factory worker in the Indianapolis area and worked part-time at the newly formed family business, which focused on trash hauling.
Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids'' (Lake Isle Press Inc.
Detectors on the exit side of the patient record the x rays exiting the section of the patient's body being irradiated as an x-ray "snapshot" at one position (angle) of the source of x rays.
At 37, Ray, a self-described "nature girl" who lives in rural Georgia, cares little for the cachet of coolness.
Instead Ray reckoned that any one artwork could do all these things - and do them simultaneously.
How was it that ozone, which Ray described in 1990 as "possibly the most damaging of all air pollutants derived from human activity," was changed into the minor irritant that Ray spoke of three years later?
the electron beam voltage, knowing the angle between the electron beam and the sample (takeoff angle), collecting the emitted x rays from the sample, comparing the emitted x-ray flux to known standards (to determine the k-ratio) and transformation of the k-ratio to concentration using algorithms which includes, as a minimum, the atomic number, absorption, and fluorescence corrections.
From the mid-1950s until his death in 1992, Ray chronicled the Bengali experience in the most down-to-earth, humanistic manner.
X-ray images taken a decade ago showed that shock waves from supernova remnants can accelerate electrons to cosmic ray energies, but electrons make up only about 10 percent of cosmic rays.
Marcia Hollister Ray, a Glendale resident for 55 years, died at her home there Saturday.