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see the light of day

To be available to the public in some way, such as being published, disseminated, or simply revealed somehow. Unless you have a good literary agent, your manuscript will never see the light of day. That document is so sensitive that I guarantee it 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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(see) the light of ˈday

be thought of or discovered by somebody, or become known to a lot of people at a particular time: It was then that the idea of a European parliament first saw the light of day.
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But despite all the flack about the film, which never even saw the light of day here, Madge is to have another pop at acting.
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It comes as something of a shock to realize that this musical saw the light of day thirty-four years ago, the cap of Robbins's sustained, two-decade involvement with musical theater.
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Howard was born in Ryton while Tom first saw the light of day not far away in Riding Mill.
I then bricked in the window so she never again saw the light of day.
Bakewell tarts are a product that first saw the light of day in Sheffield, it is said.