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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
1965-1970
1965-70, for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for redeyen

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 redeyen

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).

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