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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

COMMON
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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Levy believed that without the efforts of Transparency International, conventions against corruption, such as those of the OECD and the Council of Europe, might never have seen the light of day. The challenge now was to put them into practice.
Pelevin's satiric portrait of the Soviet space program would never have seen the light of day in the USSR.
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Throughout American history, numerous computer companies, trucking firms, and mass merchandisers have first seen the light of day as a series of cryptic etchings on a cocktail napkin, just as many companies were launched in a young entrepreneur's garage, basement, or attic.
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I doubt if any of these would have seen the light of day if any other party had been in office.
"If this was concerning someone else and not a high-profile person then the story would not have seen the light of day. He'll be pleading self-defence."
It still hasn't seen the light of day. I wonder why?
The "proposed" new stadium at the NEC would never have seen the light of day as there were no public transport connections to and from it.
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