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eye–opener

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noun eye–open·er \ˈī-ˌōp-nər, -ˌō-pə-\

Simple Definition of eye–opener

  • : something that shows or teaches you something in a surprising way

Full Definition of eye–opener

  1. 1 :  a drink intended to wake one up

  2. 2 :  something startling, surprising, or enlightening <her biography is a real eye–opener>

eye–open·ing play \-niŋ\ adjective

1817

First Known Use of eye–opener

1817


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