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see the light of day

To be published or disseminated. Unless you have a good literary agent, your manuscript will never see the light of day.
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see the light of day

Be published, brought out, or born. For example, I wonder if her book will ever see the light of day, or The family reunion was a disaster, and I wish the idea for it had never seen the light of day , or When we visited Pittsburgh, we saw where Mom had first seen the light of day. [Early 1700s]
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see the light of day

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1. If something sees the light of day, it is produced or made available to people, often after difficulties. This book might never have seen the light of day without the enthusiasm and support of my editor. Few 35-minute films ever saw the light of day, even in those days. Note: You can also say that something sees the light. All this may change with the news that Christopher Isherwood's diaries are now at last to see the light. His plan first saw the light at a meeting of the West European Union.
2. If a baby sees the light of day they are born. Tens of millions of new souls are seeing the light of day in Africa each year.
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see the light of day

1 be born. 2 come into existence; be made public, visible, or available.
2 2003 Screen Online He soon finds himself caught between the moguls of the textile industry and the trade unions, all equally determined that his invention never sees the light of day.
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