open (one's) eyes to (someone or something)

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open (one's) eyes to (someone or something)

1. To see or realize the truth about something. Open your eyes to reality, 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 to the conditions in that country.
See also: eye, open
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

open someone's eyes to someone or something

Fig. to cause someone, including oneself, to become aware of someone or something. We finally opened our eyes to what was going on around us. The events of last night opened my eyes to Tom.
See also: eye, open
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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