with (one's) eyes (wide) 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.
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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.
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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

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.
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with (one's) eyes open

Aware of the risks involved.
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References in classic literature ?
Men, professors or coal-heavers, are easily deceived; they even have an extraordinary knack of lending themselves to deception, a sort of curious and inexplicable propensity to allow themselves to be led by the nose with their eyes open. But a ship is a creature which we have brought into the world, as it were on purpose to keep us up to the mark.
In order to find any neural basis for this effect, Hendler's team scanned the brains of 15 volunteers while they listened to film scores - "kind of Hitchcock-like movies," she says - and less emotive keyboard tunes with their eyes open or shut.
However, he noted, Canadian Forces personnel join "with their eyes open" and have recently served in such volatile areas as Bosnia and Kosovo.
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