Origin of bug-eyed

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; bug1 + eyed
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  • They just stand there, bug-eyed and frightened like anything.

  • Guess I must have sat there, starin' bug-eyed and lookin' batty, from 14th to Wall.


    Sewell Ford

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


    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