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get an eyeful

To see a surprising or unexpected sight. I sure got an eyeful when I walked in on Al while he was trying on his artichoke costume.
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eyeful (of someone or something)

Fig. a shocking or surprising sight. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) The office door opened for a minute and I got an eyeful of the interior. Mary got an eyeful of the company's extravagant spending when she saw the bill for the executive board's catered lunch.

have/get an ˈeyeful (of something)

(British English, spoken) look carefully at something that is interesting or unusual: Quick! Come and get an eyeful of this!
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n. the sight of something that one was not meant to see. I got an eyeful of that contract. Yikes! What a giveaway!
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KT, 38, and all the other residents got a letter warning them that the windows were transparent - and members of the public could get an unwanted eyeful as they enjoyed the park.
The cyclists - whose motto is Bare As You Dare - will take part in the World Naked Bike Ride on Monday but you'll have to be up early if you want to get an eyeful.
REGULARS at a Moseley pub can get a eyeful of art with their pint.
A Noise Within specializes in bringing sturdy productions of the classics to the stage, and the current production of William Shakespeare's play ``The Tempest,'' while not breaking any new ground, delivers an eyeful.
Biologist and wildlife photographer Todd Pusser got quite an eyeful when he motored up in his boat to this marine "crime scene.
BIG Brother star Lee Davey (above) has given Midland fans an eyeful of his hidden talents - as a stripper.
Dark skies far from city lights help stargazers get an eyeful at Idaho's Bruneau Dunes State Park, where observatory programs ($3) are held each Friday and Saturday night at dusk.
Perhaps they'll give the audience another, more appropriate, eyeful (sorry) - after all, St John's Beacon is only half the size of its Parisian counterpart.
About 200 gardening enthusiasts and visitors headed for St Barbara's church hall, Rochester Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, to get an eyeful of monster cauliflowers, majestic dahlias and delicious home-made cakes.
Kimberley, 35, gave passers-by an eyeful when the couple went for dinner at the Ritz in London on Friday night.
SINGER Justin Timberlake gave onlookers an eyeful when he cheekily changed his jeans on a movie set.
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One thing's for sure, tourists certainly got an eyeful of some rather unexpected sights Down Under.
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And the acrobats themselves, even though they seem to have dropped in from Vegas, are an eyeful.