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.
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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

Aware of the risks involved.
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References in classic literature ?
So all that morning Jip stood in the front part of the ship, sniffing the wind and pointing the way for the Doctor to steer; while all the animals and the little boy stood round with their eyes wide open, watching the dog in wonder.
The berries were picked, the way lost, tears shed, baby consolation administered, and then the little pair lay down among the brakes and died with their eyes wide open and the toes of their four little boots turned up to the daisies in the most pathetic manner.
This will allow them to face the challenges, costs and complexities of auto-enrolment with their eyes wide open," he said.
However, her backers should go into this with their eyes wide open, knowing they are backing a filly who is probably going to be better served by cut in the ground.
Summers and Geithner (with Rubin in the wings) have the rare chance to get it right, with their eyes wide open.
AS things stand, any couple contemplating IVF should go into it with their eyes wide open.
People who move in together do so with their eyes wide open.
People should go in with their eyes wide open," he added.
When we have an interested [potential buyer] party, we send them our entire franchise agreement to review so they go into it with their eyes wide open," says Kloss.
These chief executives operate their companies with their eyes wide open, not overlooking growth opportunities.
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