with one's 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." Also, "wide" can be used before "open." If you don't sign this contract with eyes wide open, you're going to get yourself into trouble.
See also: eye, open

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