sight for sore eyes, a
One whom it is a relief or joy to see, as in Linda, who had not seen him in 15 years, told him he was a sight for sore eyes. This idiom implies an appearance so welcome that it heals ailing eyes. [First half of 1700s]
ATW: 👀 - eyes emoji - What does the eyes emoji mean?The eyes emoji has many uses, but it mostly serves to draw attention to something the user wants to highlight, especially dramatic or tense situations.
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