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Having a lifeless or dull gaze, typically because one is ill or intoxicated. You're looking pretty glassy-eyed—are you sure you don't have a fever? Last time I saw them, they were at the bar down the street and looking glassy-eyed.

the glassy

Exceptional or excellent. Primarily heard in Australia. This burger's the glassy, mate!
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the (or just the) glassy

the most excellent person or thing. Australian informal
In mid 20th-century surfing slang, a glassy is an extremely smooth wave offering excellent surfing conditions.
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mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated; drugged or suffering from an illness. Mary is looking sort of glassy-eyed, and it’s only midnight.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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That dream, then, of sharing, completing, finding in solitude on the beach an answer, was but a reflection in a mirror, and the mirror itself was but the surface glassiness which forms in quiescence when the nobler powers sleep beneath?
That dream, of sharing, completing, of finding in solitude on the beach an answer, was than but a reflection in a mirror, and the mirror itself was but the surface glassiness which forms in quiescence when the nobler powers sleep beneath?
Byrne's Jim Tyrone moves with the gentle steps of a man with a lifetime hangover and, as he trades barbs with Josie Hogan (Jones) and her humorously cantankerous father Phil (Roy Dotrice), his voice has a cracked quality, his eyes a vacant but tender glassiness. In various ways, Byrne subtly conveys the idea that Jim is a man whose heart and soul are no less ravaged than his liver; just on the cusp of middle age, he looks to be at death's door.
Processors frying up test batches of frozen flies during December were shocked to find the tell-tale sign of glassiness (generally associated with second growth tubers following drought) evident in black spots and dark blotches.
The silky to dull luster on the sides of the bundles is what we're used to seeing in this rare species, but the growth as sheaves, and the solid green glassiness on the tops of these sheaves, is quite new.
Jane is predestined, in her own mind and in Rochester's warning, either to founder perilously among rocks and crags, where she will either succumb, like the "half-submerged mast," and become "a drowned corpse" floating in green water, or to sit triumphantly like the woman "crowned with a star" amid the reflections of the Evening Star.(9) Either resolution derives from the encounter with a "colossal head" resting against an iceberg, whose defining features include "a brow quite bloodless, white as bone, and an eye hollow and fixed, blank of meaning but for the glassiness of despair" (153).
Geoffrey Galt Harpham, in his analysis of "ascetic linguistics," finds that early Christian ascetics, as much as they expressed a logocentric dread of writing's demonic duplicity, frequently turned to hagiographical writing in an effort to escape the glassiness of existence by devoting themselves to a purifying "science of imitation," an autobiographical duplication of the textualized lives of saints:
However, there remains a metallic edge, a slight upper-midrange glassiness, that the processing has not completely eliminated.
We experience their physicality (hardness, glassiness, inertness and resistance) at an unconscious level, when we eat from plates, drink from mugs or sip from teacups.
"In 1994 we were faced with the problem of glassiness, or second growth in potatoes.