knock the living daylights out of
Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (idiomatic) To beat or strike someone.
- (idiomatic) To thoroughly and decisively defeat someone in a physical fight, especially by knocking out that person.
- (figuratively) To greatly excel against (someone or something).
1963, “10 second summary”, in Business Management, volume 25, page 38:
- ...where new and better depreciation regulations and a 7% business investment credit knocked the living daylights out of normal and historical accounting procedures...