open the eyes of (someone)

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open the eyes of (someone)

To cause someone to see, realize, or understand the truth about something. The local painter has been trying to use his art to open the eyes of his fellow citizens to the injustices suffered by the homeless in the town.
See also: eye, of, open
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open the eyes of someone


open someone's eyes

COMMON If something or someone opens the eyes of someone or opens their eyes, they cause them to become aware of things for the first time. As a writer, she opened the eyes of a generation to the beauty of English architecture. Being in prison opened her eyes to aspects of modern America that she wasn't aware of before.
See also: eye, of, open, someone
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