open one's eyes

open one's eyes

Become or make someone aware of the truth of a situation, as in It's time you opened your eyes to the politics of this office, or The trip to Zimbabwe opened her eyes to the difficulties faced by developing nations. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: eye, open
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A quest for these wild orchids is an adventure and will open one's eyes to the natural beauty that can be found in our state.
It's a story that will -- or at least, should -- open one's eyes to the fact that we share our universe in all its diversity with the animal world.
The written word can be so profound and can open one's eyes to untold joys.
It really does open one's eyes when we have a pensioner who cannot afford half a dozen eggs.
The words seem to constitute an invitation, if not a promise: to open one's eyes is to leave off dreaming and to face the world anew.
General Alert--Works, 1974-2007," the traveling retrospective of the work of Sanja Ivekovic (curated by Natasa Ilic and Kathrin Romberg), served to open one's eyes to the recent history of the former Yugoslavia.
While this approach to changing careers is very specific, the book never fails to open one's eyes to the logic of finding work that aligns with his or her preferences, likes, and dislikes.
The proof is to open one's eyes and take a good look around our borough.
Simply to walk outside one's residence and open one's eyes and ears is to know that something powerful is going on.
His point is well taken and The Political Economy of National Defense should open one's eyes to the more holistic approach to the study of defense.