eye opener

eyeopener

[ahy-oh-puh-ner]
noun
1.
an experience or disclosure that gives one a sudden realization or understanding: Her disclosures about her childhood were a real eyeopener.
2.
a drink of liquor taken early in the day and intended to wake a person up fully.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism; eye + opener

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