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with (one's) eyes (wide) open

With keen or complete knowledge, awareness, or expectations. I know they're offering you a lot of money, but make sure you go into this situation with your eyes open—it could be a scam. Considering John's history of infidelity, Claudia knew she could only take him back with her eyes wide open.
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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.
See also: eye, open
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: eye, open
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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

verb
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with (one’s) eyes (wide) open

mod. totally aware of what is going on. I went into this with my eyes open.
See also: eye, open, wide
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

with (one's) eyes open

Aware of the risks involved.
See also: eye, open
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"I am under no illusions about this job and I have come into it with my eyes wide open."
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"I came into the situation with my eyes wide open and it's my intention to see it through."
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"But I came here with my eyes wide open. From day one I knew it was going to be tough, and we won't go down without a fight."
"All I see with my eyes wide open is a team that doesn't perform when it comes to the World Cup and the European Championship.
"I came into it with my eyes wide open and knew it was going to be a tough job," said Gill.
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I went in with my eyes wide open but the lack of professionalism among some of the players was shocking.
He said: "I am well aware of the challenge which faces us, so I am going into this with my eyes wide open.
He said: "I came into this job with my eyes wide open - but nothing had prepared me for what the day of my first Old Firm match would be like.
"I came in to this league with my eyes wide open. I always felt it would be a physical league.
I stayed hours with my eyes wide open, looking at the jersey on a chair by the bed.
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