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eye-opener (plural eye-openers)
- (literally) Something that causes the eyes to open, or that opens the eyes.
- (informal) Something that provides a sudden insight, or makes something clear that was previously mysterious.
- (informal, idiomatic) A startling or shocking revelation.
- A visit to the slaughterhouse was a real eye-opener to anyone who thought they understood where their food came from.
- (informal, euphemistic) A strong alcoholic beverage, especially one consumed in the morning.
- As soon as I got on the plane I asked the flight attendant for an eye-opener, but all he had to offer was orange juice.
- (informal) An attractive woman.
- 1943 August 19, “It's high time you met ANN MILLER”, in Good Morning, number 106, London: Royal Navy Submarine Branch, OCLC 221590421, page 1:
- Seems appropriate that Ann Miller should be in Columbia's "Reveille With Beverly." We've never seen anyone capable of "showing a leg" more attractively. At close range, too, she's an eye-opener.
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