beat\ the\ ---\ out\ of

beat\ the\ ---\ out\ of
• beat the --- out of
• lick the --- out of
• whale the --- out of
v. phr. informal
To beat hard; give a bad beating to. - Used with several words after "the", as "daylights", "living daylights", "tar".

The big kid told Charlie that he would beat the daylights out of him if Charlie came in his yard again.

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.