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eyeopener

[ ahy-oh-puh-ner ]
/ ˈaɪˌoʊ pə nər /
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noun

an experience or disclosure that gives one a sudden realization or understanding: Her disclosures about her childhood were a real eyeopener.
a drink of liquor taken early in the day and intended to wake a person up fully.

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Origin of eyeopener

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; eye + opener
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British Dictionary definitions for eyeopener

eye-opener

noun informal

something startling or revealing
US and Canadian an alcoholic drink taken early in the morning
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