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[buhg-ahyd] /ˈbʌgˌaɪd/
with bulging eyes, as from surprise or wonderment; astonished.
Origin of bug-eyed
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; bug1 + eyed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They just stand there, bug-eyed and frightened like anything.

    The Flying Cuspidors V. R. Francis
  • Guess I must have sat there, starin' bug-eyed and lookin' batty, from 14th to Wall.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Who do you guess I sees watchin' us bug-eyed and open-mouthed?

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • As for Ernie, he just stands there starin' bug-eyed and gaspy, as if he didn't know what to do.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • Mr. Oyster returned his glasses to their perch, bug-eyed Simon, but then nodded.

    Unborn Tomorrow Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • I'm no expert on provision prices, but some of them items had me bug-eyed.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • There were both of my parents, looking gray and haggard, bug-eyed and staring at me.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • I reckon you'd look kind of bug-eyed if you'd been standin' guard all night!

    Bat Wing Bowles Dane Coolidge

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