a beam or ray of sunlight.
Australian Slang. a dish or utensil that has not been used during a meal and so does not have to be washed.

before 1000; Middle English sunnebem, Old English sun(ne)bēam. See sun, beam

sunbeamed, sunbeamy, adjective Unabridged
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sunbeam (ˈsʌnˌbiːm)
1.  a beam, ray, or stream of sunlight
2.  slang (Austral) a piece of crockery or cutlery laid for a meal but remaining unused

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Example sentences
Your subjects will be cooler, happier, and more attractively lit if they don't
  have a sunbeam hitting them in the face.
The great duties of life are written with a sunbeam.
Truth is as impossible to be soiled by any outward touch as the sunbeam.
If photons weren't so light, you'd be shredded by a photon hailstorm every time
  you lazed under a sunbeam.
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