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English definition of “in the cold light of day”

in the cold light of day

If you think about something in the cold light of day , you think about it clearly and calmly , without the emotions you had at the time it happened , and you often feel sorry or ashamed about it: The next morning , in the cold light of day , Sarah realized what a complete idiot she had been.Thinking and contemplating
(Definition of in the cold light of day from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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