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knock someone's lights out

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knock someone's lights out

verb phrase
  1. To beat severely; BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF someone, clobber
  2. To impress enormously; KNOCK someone's SOCKS OFF: I have a story that would knock your lights out

[1940s+; probably based on the expression liver and lights, ''liver and lungs,'' used of animals by at least 1704]


turn someone's lights out

verb phrase

To punish someone severely; incapacitate someone: Man, if I sued every guy who ever turned my lights out, I wouldn't have time to do anything else/ It looked like we started out with a bang, but then the kid turned our lights out (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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