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see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

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Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

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life tracking noun

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the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

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