Life. Othello says, “Put out the light and then put out the
light.” In May, 1886, Abraham Harper, a
market-gardener, of Oxford, hit his wife in the face, and
threatened to “put her light out,” for which he was fined 5s. and
costs. (Truth, May 20th, 1886.)
Graces, holiness. Called “the candle of the Lord,” the “lamp of
God,” as, “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord.” (Prov. xx. 27.)
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good
works.” - Matt. v. 16.
To stand in one's own light.
To act in such a way as to hinder advancement.
“He stands in his own light through nervous fear.” —The Leisure
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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