knock the living daylights out of

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knock the living daylights out of (someone)

  1. (idiomatic) To beat or strike someone.
    • 1939, Ruth McKenney, Industrial Valley, ISBN 0875461832, page 255:
      Boy, the fellows said he just knocked the living daylights out of him, bounced him six feet across the ground.
  2. (idiomatic) To thoroughly and decisively defeat someone in a physical fight, especially by knocking out that person.
    • 1954, Denzil Batchelor, Big Fight: The Story of World Championship Boxing, OCLC 7388776, page 65:
      He won the English championship from the six-foot-three-inch, seventeen-stone Sam Hurst, the Staleybridge Infant, knocking the living daylights out of this champion
  3. (figuratively) To greatly excel against (someone or something).
    • 1963, “10 second summary”, 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...

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