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red-eye

[red-ahy] /ˈrɛdˌaɪ/
noun
1.
the condition of having bloodshot eyes, as from eyestrain or lack of sleep.
2.
Also, red eye, redeye. Informal. a commercial airline flight between two distant points that departs late at night and arrives early in the morning.
3.
redeye (def 3).
4.
an unwanted photographic effect in which a person's iris appears to be red: caused by the reflection of a flashbulb off the blood vessels of the retina.
adjective
5.
Also, redeye. Informal. of or indicating a long-distance flight that leaves late at night:
the red-eye special from New York to Los Angeles.
Origin of red-eye
1965-1970
1965-70, for def 2

redeye

[red-ahy] /ˈrɛdˌaɪ/
noun, plural redeyes (especially collectively) redeye for 1, 2.
1.
any of several fishes having red eyes, as the rock bass.
3.
Also, red-eye, red eye. Slang. cheap, strong whiskey.
4.
red-eye (def 2).
5.
(initial capital letter) Military. a shoulder-launched U.S. Army surface-to-air missile capable of destroying low-flying aircraft.
6.
red-eye (def 4).
adjective
7.
Origin
1665-75; 1920-25, for def 3; red1 + eye
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Examples from the Web for red eye
Historical Examples
  • You're temp'rance I know; but sposen as how you treat me and old Squire Tappit there to some red eye.

  • The red eye of the morning peered aghast over the shoulder of the Pike.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • The red eye of her port-light glared banefully across the water.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • There, the red eye of the African sun glared with merciless fervor.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • A minute passed, and the red eye of the bear rested upon the boy.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Rachael sat staring at the stove's red eye, thinking, thinking, thinking.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • At just that moment the red eye of the revolving light over on Dry Tortugas, some miles away, swung around toward them.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • The cock is a jet-black bird with a green bill and a red eye.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • He lay but opened a red eye unsleeping, deep and slowly breathing, slumberous but awake.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He slept in Stella's presence, uneasily, with half a red eye upon her; but he slept.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
British Dictionary definitions for red eye

red eye

noun
1.
(photog) an undesirable effect that sometimes appears in flashlight portraits when light from the flash enters the eye and is reflected from the retina on to the film, producing a red colour

redeye

/ˈrɛdˌaɪ/
noun
1.
(US, slang) inferior whiskey
2.
(Canadian, slang) a drink incorporating beer and tomato juice
3.
another name for rudd

red-eye

noun
1.
(informal)
  1. an aeroplane flight leaving late at night or arriving early in the morning
  2. (as modifier): a red-eye flight
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Word Origin and History for red eye

red-eye

n.

"airplane flight which deprives travelers of sleep," 1968, from the red eyes of sleeplessness; earlier as a noun meaning "raw and inferior whiskey" (1819, American English).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for red eye

redeye

noun

  1. Raw and inferior whiskey; panther piss, rotgut: Barrow put down a slug of redeye (1819+)
  2. Ketchup (1927+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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