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red-eye

[red-ahy]
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noun
  1. the condition of having bloodshot eyes, as from eyestrain or lack of sleep.
  2. Also red eye, redeye. Informal. a commercial airline flight between two distant points that departs late at night and arrives early in the morning.
  3. redeye(def 3).
  4. an unwanted photographic effect in which a person's iris appears to be red: caused by the reflection of a flashbulb off the blood vessels of the retina.
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adjective
  1. Also redeye. Informal. of or indicating a long-distance flight that leaves late at night: the red-eye special from New York to Los Angeles.
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Origin of red-eye

1965–70, for def 2
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  • "Anybody'd think you was full of red-eye, the way you act," muttered Red peevishly.

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  • This X chromosome has also the factor for the development of red-eye pigment.


British Dictionary definitions for red-eye

red-eye

noun
  1. informal
    1. an aeroplane flight leaving late at night or arriving early in the morning
    2. (as modifier)a red-eye flight
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Word Origin and History for red-eye

n.

"airplane flight which deprives travelers of sleep," 1968, from the red eyes of sleeplessness; earlier as a noun meaning "raw and inferior whiskey" (1819, American English).

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