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eye opener

1. An utterly shocking or startling thing, situation, or revelation. Sometimes hyphenated. The former champion's crushing defeat in the first round of the tournament was an eye opener to everyone who had expected her to make it to the finals without resistance. Learning about John's opium addiction was a real eye-opener for me.
2. A strong alcoholic beverage consumed early in the morning or first thing upon waking. Sometimes hyphenated. Primarily heard in US, Canada, South Africa. After going on quite a bender over the weekend, an eye opener was the only thing that could get me moving on Monday morning.
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eye opener, an

1. A startling or shocking revelation, as in The first sentence of his speech was a real eye opener. This expression alludes to widening one's eyes with surprise. [Mid-1800s]
2. A strong alcoholic drink taken early in the morning, as in After a late night and little sleep, he generally needed an eye opener to jolt him awake . This usage alludes to the alleged wakening effect of such a beverage. [Early 1800s]
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1. n. a real surprise. This day has been an eye-opener for me.
2. n. a wake-up drink of liquor; a strong drink any time. He knocked back a quick eye-opener and finished dressing.
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But it serves as an eye opener for possible armed confrontation between our Armed Forces of the Philippines or Coast Guard and the Chinese military,' he added.
ISLAMABAD -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Monday remarked private schools earned millions of rupees annually on the pretext of 5 per cent increase in fees, adding that, the recent audit report is an eye opener in this regard.
"Let this incident be an eye opener to everyone not to be persuaded by the promises of these groups," said Bulalacao.
He said: "It's been an eye opener, especially as it's my first time playing in the Championship.
Islamabad -- Despite tall claims of Inspector General (IG) Security, the incident of theft in a police picket is an eye opener.
TURNING up at Burnley on Thursday was an eye opener. I hardly expected a red carpet from the punters having won a Premier League title with their bitter rivals Blackburn but I was hounded.
Botswana 400 metre runner Karabo Sibanda said in an interview that the workshop was an eye opener.
The twitter battle should be an eye opener for Pakistan to know who are our friends and allies.
01 (ANI): The results of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls are an eye opener for everyone, according to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday.
The awareness and learning that went on throughout the conference is truly an eye opener. This is one event I would recommend to each and every optometry student.
Then to the Vale Clinic, and what an eye opener. Brilliant staff, I saw the most amazing guy, Mr Jon Palmer, who explained my illness to me.
It was an eye opener to the family members because you get out and see what the north has to offer.
"It's just been a great experience, an eye opener as far as this part of the City is concerned," Farrell says of the organization.
YOUR report last week about the pimps, pickpockets and other criminals at London's Kings Cross station was an eye opener.
It's an eye opener as we contemplate our place as stewards of the earth and an important reason to plant trees to help slow climate change.