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eye opener, an

  1. A startling or shocking revelation, as in The first sentence of his speech was a real eye opener . This expression alludes to widening one's eyes with surprise. [Mid-1800s]

  2. A strong alcoholic drink taken early in the morning, as in After a late night and little sleep, he generally needed an eye opener to jolt him awake . This usage alludes to the alleged wakening effect of such a beverage. [Early 1800s]



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