the light of day


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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 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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Therefore being condemned by each for his treachery, he was driven forth from the light of day, and henceforth concealed himself in dark hiding-places, flying always alone and at night.
But dark is the forest Where now is my dwelling, Never the light of day Reaches its shadow.
Though we may sit forty years underground without speaking, when we do come out into the light of day and break out we talk and talk and talk.
If I perished before I could reach the light of day once more I should be no worse off than I was now, for death stared me in the face, while there was always the possibility that, as I was born under a lucky star, I might find myself safe and sound in some desirable land.
He knew me and said, 'Ulysses, noble son of Laertes, why, poor man, have you left the light of day and come down to visit the dead in this sad place?
Groping in intellectual darkness for a clew to his maze of doubt, his gaze, directed mechanically downward in the way of one who ponders momentous matters, fell upon something which, there, in the light of day and in the presence of living companions, affected him with terror.
Not for nothing had he first seen the light of day in a lonely lair and fought his first fights with the ptarmigan, the weasel, and the lynx.
Wemmick as we went along, to see what he was like in the light of day, I found him to be a dry man, rather short in stature, with a square wooden face, whose expression seemed to have been imperfectly chipped out with a dull-edged chisel.
Then the old man went away too, returned to the light of day, and went home.
As the sun became warmer and the light of day longer, the snow vanished, and I beheld the bare trees and the black earth.
It is neither generous, nor honourable, nor the act of a true man, sir,' retorted the other, 'to tamper with the affections of a weak, trusting girl, while you shrink, in your unworthiness, from her guardian and protector, and dare not meet the light of day.
With the young reporter at his side, he ventured in the light of day into Main Street or strode up and down on the rick- ety front porch of his own house, talking excitedly.
Certainly no part of it has seen the light of day for many centuries.
I do not recollect of ever seeing my mother by the light of day.
To be brief, they fetched ropes and tackle, as the saying is, and by dint of many hands and much labour they drew up Dapple and Sancho Panza out of the darkness into the light of day.
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