with eyes open

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with eyes open

With full knowledge or awareness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "with" and "eyes." "Wide" is often used before "open." If you don't sign this contract with eyes open, you're going to get yourself into trouble. Some guys forget to go out there with their eyes open, and they're the ones who end up getting hurt.
See also: eye, open

with (one's) eyes (wide) open

Fig. totally aware of what is going on. I went into this with my eyes open. We all started with eyes open but didn't realize what could happen to us.
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with one's eyes open

Fully aware, as in We started this project with our eyes open and are not surprised at the results. [First half of 1900s] Also see keep one's eyes open.
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with your eyes open (or with open eyes)

fully aware of the risks and other implications of an action or situation.
1999 Salman Rushdie The Ground Beneath Her Feet I've always liked to stick my face right up against the hot sweaty broken surface of what was being done, with my eyes open.
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with your ˈeyes open

knowing what you are doing, what to expect, and what the results may be: If a marriage is to work, both partners must go into it with their eyes open.
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with eyes open

verb
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with (one's) eyes open

Aware of the risks involved.
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References in classic literature ?
But he had not looked at her long when he gave a cry of surprise and sat there with his eyes wide open, his fork in the air, and his mouth filled with bread and cauliflower.
Whether Mr Quilp took any sleep by snatches of a few winks at a time, or whether he sat with his eyes wide open all night long, certain it is that he kept his cigar alight, and kindled every fresh one from the ashes of that which was nearly consumed, without requiring the assistance of a candle.
He propped the book before him, and propped his eyelids with his fingers, and fell asleep with his eyes wide open.
The effect of the voice was such as almost to overpower Aramis, and notwithstanding his control over himself, he advanced a few steps towards him, with his eyes wide open and his lips trembling.
The hangman struggled into a sitting posture directly, and with his eyes wide open, looked towards him.
Either love is blind or her lover has gone ahead with the engagement with his eyes wide open - knowing he's marrying a woman who killed her previous husband.
Kirsty Lunn, 25, said Joshua was born with his eyes wide open and was destined to be nosey from birth.
Stewart came into Scot t ish football with his eyes wide open but he might have preferred a quieter arrival than he's had.
I was the only kid who anybody I knew has ever seen actually walk into a lamppost with his eyes wide open.
Bruce said: ``Christophe came here with his eyes wide open.
He's going in there with his eyes wide open, a new wardrobe and lots of advice from wife Gail about fellow contestants, including glamour girl Lucy Pinder.
His mum Rosslyn, 48, of Barmulloch, Glasgow, said: "Ross was a committed professional who went in with his eyes wide open.