beer goggles

plural noun

: the effects of alcohol thought of metaphorically as a pair of goggles that alter a person's perceptions especially by making others appear more attractive than they actually are

Examples of beer goggles in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who thinks that the governor’s actions have been anything but retaliatory is wearing the political equivalent of beer goggles. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 8 May 2023 Finally, Lefevre even puts forward a completely speculative, but cool, idea - perhaps the fact that mosquitoes wear beer goggles isn't just a coincidence. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2010 Dear Buddy: Note to you: People wearing beer goggles usually lack depth perception. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2021 After all, there were lots of songs about beer goggles. Emily Yahr, chicagotribune.com, 14 Nov. 2019 Grab your beer goggles; San Diego’s Ballast Point will open Downtown Disney District’s first brewery later this year. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beer goggles was in 1987

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“Beer goggles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beer%20goggles. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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