to see the light of day

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - see the light of day

"to see the light of day"

to be made available;

to become known


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - see the light of day

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How long have you been working on the new marketing campaign?

Colleague 2:  It's been just about six months.

Colleague 1:  The contents have been kept secret all this time.  When will it see the light of day?

Colleague 2:  The big launch is next month so everyone will see the campaign then.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - see the light of day

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Anything interesting in the patent office today?

Friend 2:  Just another routine day reviewing patent applications.

Friend 1:  How many applications are processed in a typical year?

Friend 2:  Somewhere around a million or so but most never see the light of day.

Friend 1:  How do you mean?

Friend 2:  Well, the gadget doesn't work or it's not feasible to produce or the inventor simply loses interest. We really don't see even a tiny proportion of the stuff that comes through the patent office.

to see the light of day - Usage:


to see the light of day - Gerund Form:

Seeing the light of day, the leaked documents caused a scandal.

to see the light of day - Examples:

1)  ... drafts in various states of completion, most of which probably will never see the light of day because I kinda hate them, but don't have heart to delete ...

2)  ... helped enable the success of multiple game projects that would otherwise likely not see the light of day.

3)  This report will never see the light of day. Even if the Supreme court allows these details to go public, ...

4)  ... but Christians better hit the road, no Bibles or pamphlets better see the light of day anywhere in the school building... separation of Church and state you know ...

5)  ... the name of research through government grants and big hoopla never to have seen the light of day in a journal or medicine, only the dark inside of their pocket ...

6)  ... on this shameful episode in NHLPA history, a report that has never seen the light of day or been made public.

7)  ... more real estate than an Android tablet ". It would never have seen the light of day under Steve -- nor, for that matter would the iPhone 5!

8)  ... so I had a lot of material to draw from that had never seen the light of day. Most of the photos in the series I shot while living in ...

9)  Long before Freud's doctrine saw the light of day William James gave the key to what I believe to be the true ...

10)  ... passed and in 1789 the French Declaration of the Rights of Man first saw the light of day.

11)  ... conceived in 1848, it was not until 1963 that the National Theatre saw the light of day.

12)  Mr Jillings said his report never saw the light of day because the council's insurers felt it could result in individual children suing ...

13)  ... the skaters efforts are not a complete waste and the photo's are seeing the light of day.

14)  We see this as a huge problem -- millions of ideas never seeing the light of day. So much so that we're building a platform that helps anyone ...

15)  ... never be written or something will happen that will prevent it from ever seeing the light of day.

16)  This would prevent a boatload of bogus patents from ever seeing the light of day, and would also reduce the amount of litigation. 

17)  Often I wonder why an on-topic polite (enough) post never sees the light of day. Does the moderator believe I am in error ...

18)  ... bad it will be knocked back by conservative state governments before it even sees the light of day.

19)  ... any negative comment on him is moderated out and never sees the light of day.

20)  I really like it and I hope that it's something that sees the light of day for the entire user base.