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Knock the living daylights out of

DEFINITION

Threat of physical harm. Physically and brutally accost. ‘Living daylights’ refers to one’s life, so to knock it out of you is near death.¬† (Compare to Knock one’s block off.)

“If you ever touch my sister again, I’m going to knock the living daylights out of you.”

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