open (one's) eyes

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open (one's) eyes

1. To see or realize the truth about something. Open your eyes, Stan—they're just using you for cheap labor!
2. To cause one to see or realize the truth about something. The documentary really opened my eyes about the conditions in that country.
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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]
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open your eyes

If you open your eyes, you suddenly make an effort to notice things that you had not noticed before. Every city has its problems. You have only to open your eyes to see them.
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open someone's eyes

enlighten someone about certain realities; cause someone to realize or discover something.
1998 Scoular Anderson 1314 & All That These events opened his eyes to what had happened to his country. Now his one wish was that Scotland should be independent.
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open your/somebody’s ˈeyes (to something)

realize or make somebody realize the truth about something: The trip to China really opened our eyes.He opened my eyes to the beauty of poetry. ▶ an ˈeye-opener noun: The programme on police methods was a real eye-opener for me.
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open (one's) eyes

To become aware of the truth of a situation.
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Ashleigh, 22, of Birtley, Gateshead, said: "Sometimes babies do not open their eyes at first so we didn't think anything of it.
If only more companies would open their eyes and wake up to the fact that an enthusiastic workforce is already right here, in Bahrain, on the doorsteps of their offices.
turn to the camera, pop open their eyes and implore, ``Help me.
The cadre of bird-watchers that wrote this book challenges urbanites to open their eyes and focus their binoculars.
There probably is little of "redeeming value" for classroom use beyond encouraging students to read, and to open their eyes about unusual corners of this wide world.
I try to open their eyes to the varied careers available, so they can self-actualize, and be thrilled and enthused rather than just simply working hard for the money.
The premature duo are being cared for by animal rescuers and are expected to open their eyes any day now.
When they are finished, guessers are told to open their eyes and to try and guess all the changes that were made.
In a study of 274 patients who underwent lower abdominal and orthopedic surgery at four hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina and Massachusetts, women took an average of seven minutes to open their eyes, compared with 13 minutes for men.
When the baby rabbits open their eyes and begin exploring their environment at about 10 days of age, their PKC moves into the dendrites, perhaps programming their memories, Olds says.