eye opener


an experience or disclosure that gives one a sudden realization or understanding: Her disclosures about her childhood were a real eyeopener.
a drink of liquor taken early in the day and intended to wake a person up fully.

1810–20, Americanism; eye + opener

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eye-opener definition

  1. n.
    a real surprise. : This day has been an eye-opener for me.
  2. n.
    a wake-up drink of liquor; a strong drink any time. : He knocked back a quick eye-opener and finished dressing.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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