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

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
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The International Economic Development Council's 2006 Conference will give participants the opportunity to open their eyes to resources from around the globe when 2,000 of the world's top real estate professionals gather September 14-22 on the city's home turf.
Fire safety officer Dave Kitson said: "This will open their eyes to the kinds of scenes that firefighters face."
Roughgarden is on something of a mission, using her book not only to challenge Darwin but to get the scientific and research community to open their eyes to the homosexual behavior they have been ignoring throughout their entire careers.
Dear Editor, -Your editorial (Post, Jan 21) stated 'Critics who complain about the European Union need only open their eyes to get an understanding of some of the more obvious benefits to flow from 30 years of British membership.' Sadly, it is not the critics of the EU who need to open their eyes, it's the usually well-informed editorial writers of The Birmingham Post.
"I try to open their eyes to the varied careers available, so they can self-actualize, and be thrilled and enthused rather than just simply working hard for the money.