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If you are overcharged or underpaid, it is a daylight robbery; open, unfair and hard to prevent. Rip-off has a similar meaning.
Dog days are very hot summer days.
Your salad days are an especially happy period of your life.
If you are in your birthday suit, you are naked.
A day late and a dollar short
If something is a day late and a dollar short, it is too little, too late.
If you save something, especially money, for a rainy day, you save it for some possible problem or trouble in the future.
Monday morning quarterback
A Monday morning quarterback is someone who, with the benefit of hindsight, knows what should have been done in a situation.
A girl Friday is a female employee who assists someone without any specific duties.
Rue the day
This means that the person will one day bitterly regret what they have done.
In broad daylight
If a crime or problem happens in broad daylight, it happens during the day and should have been seen and stopped.
Red letter day
A red letter day is a one of good luck, when something special happens to you.
Here today, gone tomorrow
Money, happiness and other desirable things are often here today, gone tomorrow, which means that they don't last for very long.
Seen better days
If something's seen better days, it has aged badly and visibly compared to when it was new. The phrase can also be used to describe people.
Yesterday's man or Yesterday's woman
Someone, especially a politician or celebrity, whose career is over or on the decline is yesterday's man or woman.
A busman's holiday is when you spend your free time doing the same sort of work as you do in your job.
Given the day that's in it
This idiom is used when something is obvious because of the day that it occurs: traffic, for example would be busy around a football stadium on game day, given the day that's in it. On any other day the traffic would be unexplainable, but because its game day its obvious...
Beat the daylights out of someone
If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly.
('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
Cold light of day
If you see things in the cold light of day, you see them as they really are, not as you might want them to be.
Scare the daylights out of someone
If you scare the daylights out of someone, you terrify them.
(This can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
Not born yesterday
When someone says that they weren't born yesterday, they mean that they are not naive or easily fooled.
Brighten up the day
If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
Pass the time of day
If you pass the time of day with somebody, you stop and say hello, enquire how they are and other such acts of social politeness.
Don't give up the day job
This idiom is used a way of telling something that they do something badly.
Tomorrow's another day
This means that things might turn out better or that there might be another opportunity in the future.
Rome was not built in a day
This idiom means that many things cannot be done instantly, and require time and patience.
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