see the light

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see the light

  1. (idiomatic, religious) To undergo a spiritual conversion.
    Once I was lost in darkness, but now I have seen the light.
    • 1948, Hank Williams, I Saw the Light, from Randal Myler, Hank Williams, Mark Harelik, Hank Williams: The Music and Legend of Hank Williams, page 59
      I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
      I wouldn't let my Dear Saviour in
      Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
      Praise the Lord. I saw the light.
  2. (idiomatic) To gain an understanding of something previously not understood, especially in a sudden insight.
    Finally, near the end of the meeting, John saw the light and withdrew his objections.
  3. (idiomatic) To come into the world or to public notice.
    His book never saw the light.


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