lights


lights
lights "the lungs," c.1200, lit. "the light (in weight) organs," from LIGHT (Cf. light) (adj.1); also see LUNG (Cf. lung). Obsolete now except in phrases like to knock (someone's) lights out.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of a brute)


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