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go wide

1. Of one's eyes, to open to the greatest extent, typically due to shock or surprise. My eyes went wide when I got my credit card bill and saw just how much I'm in debt. I felt my eyes go wide when Callie said that she had dumped her boyfriend.
2. To miss a target, especially by being too far to a side. Often used in sports. My shot went wide of the net just as time expired, and, with that, we had our first loss of the season.
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Then, as he noted my white skin through the coating of grime and blood that covered me, his eyes went wide and in an altered tone he whispered: "Can it be that you are a Holy Thern?"
For a time Anderssen did not recognize the white, and when at last it dawned upon him that he had seen this giant before, his eyes went wide in surprise that this growling, rending beast could ever have been the well-groomed English gentleman who had been a prisoner aboard the Kincaid.
The latter's eyes went wide, and his attitude turned at once to one of deference.
The girl's eyes went wide, and slowly filled with a great horror, as she shrank back.
When the eyes of the black Manyuema savage fell upon the strange apparition that confronted him with menacing knife they went wide in horror.
He saw a buck pass--an old buck--and then a young and plump one came opposite the giant in ambush, and Schneider's eyes went wide and a scream of terror almost broke from his lips as he saw the agile beast at his side spring straight for the throat of the young buck and heard from those human lips the hunting roar of a wild beast.
As Tara of Helium looked down into the enclosure surrounding the nearest tower, her brows contracted momentarily in frowning surprise, and then her eyes went wide in an expression of incredulity tinged with horror, for what she saw was a score or two of human bodies--naked and headless.
Pakistan Army's Shahid Iqbal and Rizwan Ullah also missed some golden opportunities in the very outset of the match and both saw their attempt went wide from the goal-post.
Regarded the perfect free-kick taker in the coach Oktay's squad, Muguna was called into action on the 23rd minute, the latter bending a beautiful shot, which went wide by few inches.John Avire attempted to find the back of the hosts net on the 25th and 32nd minutes respectively through long-range efforts, but luck was not on his side.
Hearts of Oak nearly got the leveller but Michelle Sarpong's effort from close range went wide. Elmina Sharks join WAFA SC to lead the Southern Zone on same four points.
In the 74th minute, Tshireletso played a quality pass into the path of Boy in the box; the Rollers star stretched the ball past advancing GU goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko, and the effort went wide.
At 11-10 Iran leading, the chair umpire gave a point to a hit that went wide. It fell behind Jia Morado which blocked the view of the line judge.
Then, the Indian went wide and long to hand over two game point opportunities to Okuhara.
However, Estonia almost got the go-ahead goal out of nothing when Cypriot goalkeeper Konstantinos Panayi, in his attempt to clear the ball, took a little too long and struck Estonia's Sergei Zenjov though it fortunately went wide.
He had a penalty saved in the Community Shield shootout loss to Arsenal and a free header which went wide in the win over Tottenham.