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The perception that potential mates are more sexually attractive than one might think when sober, due to intoxication after consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). Cheryl always gets beer goggles when she drinks and then brings home some real losers.
goggle at (someone or something)
To stare at someone or something in surprise with the eyes open very wide. I have some great pictures of the kids goggling at the giraffes at the zoo. It probably wasn't the best reaction, but I was so shocked that I could only goggle at Mary when she told me she was pregnant.
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1. With the eyes open very wide in surprise. I have some great pictures of the kids looking positively goggle-eyed at the zoo. Mary's announcement that she was pregnant left most of us goggle-eyed.
2. slang Drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really goggle-eyed!
The inability to see any flaws in one's beloved. Dana's love goggles keep her from seeing how controlling her girlfriend is.
Television, either referring to the object or the medium. Please don't just sit around and loaf in front of the goggle-box all day. The goggle-box is definitely making us all stupider.
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goggle at someone or something
to stare at someone or something with bulging eyes. Don't stand there goggling at me! The child stood there and goggled at the newborn lamb.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
n. imaginary lenses (associated with too much beer) worn by someone for whom all persons of the opposite sex look very attractive. (see also male blindness.) See how Willy is looking at that dog? He’s got his beer goggles on!
goggle-eyedand googly-eyed (ˈgɑglæɑɪd and ˈgugliɑɪd)
mod. alcohol intoxicated and staring. Willy was goggle-eyed and couldn’t stand up.
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