with one's eyes open


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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.
See also: eye, open
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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.
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.
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