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see stars

verb phrase

To be knocked unconscious: boxer seeing stars

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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  • When she puts it there I see stars, then myriads of stars, then, oh!

    A Cathedral Courtship Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • It was strange now to see stars all the time, and the moon in the place of the sun.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • She fetched me a slap in the face that made me see stars, and my ears rung like a brass kettle for a quarter of an hour.

  • Guilty or innocent, he makes them all see stars in the cause of public order.

    The Inspector-General Nicolay Gogol
  • If ever this falls on a Tory's head it is my opinion that he will see stars.

    The First Capture Harry Castlemon
  • That blow makes you see stars, bright lights, and fancy colors.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • We cannot see stars fainter than the sixth magnitude with the naked eye.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The lance blow had made him see stars, and he could not think or see clearly now.

    The Guns of Europe Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Before the ruffian could recover he received a thump under the ear that made him see stars and sent him sprawling.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
Idioms and Phrases with see stars

see stars

Perceive flashing lights, especially after a blow to one's head. For example, A swinging door hit me and I really saw stars. [ Late 1800s ]
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