red eye

red-eye

[red-ahy]
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:
1965–70, for def 2

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redeye

[red-ahy]
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

Origin:
1665–75; 1920–25, for def 3; red1 + eye

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

red-eye
 
n
informal
 a.  an aeroplane flight leaving late at night or arriving early in the morning
 b.  (as modifier): a red-eye flight

red eye
 
n
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

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