redeye

[red-ahy]
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noun, plural red·eyes, (especially collectively) red·eye for 1, 2.

adjective


Origin of redeye

1665–75; 1920–25, for def 3; red1 + eye

red-eye

[red-ahy]

noun

the condition of having bloodshot eyes, as from eyestrain or lack of sleep.
Also red eye, redeye. Informal. a commercial airline flight between two distant points that departs late at night and arrives early in the morning.
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.

adjective

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.

Origin of red-eye

1965–70, for def 2
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British Dictionary definitions for redeye

redeye

noun

US slang inferior whiskey
Canadian slang a drink incorporating beer and tomato juice
another name for rudd

red-eye

noun

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 redeye

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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