Definition of eye-opener in English:

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eye-opener

Pronunciation: /ˈīˌōp(ə)nər/

noun

informal
1 [in singular] An event or situation that proves to be unexpectedly enlightening: a visit to the docks can be a fascinating eye-opener
More example sentences
  • It was not just this unexpected love of Shakespeare that proved an eye-opener.
  • This is the first season Selby have had a team in the county league for over ten years and the experience has quickly proved an eye-opener for their players.
  • The film was shot on location in West Yorkshire, which proved an eye-opener for a middle-class university-educated Hindu woman from north London.
2North American An alcoholic drink taken early in the day.
Example sentences
  • Comorbid clients also were more likely to have used alcohol or drugs as an eye-opener and to have been annoyed by others who criticized their use of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Talk about a little eye-opener before your first cup of java!
  • Murphy and Clovis were enjoying an eye-opener in their cell as the morning sun streamed through the window bars in thick shafts.

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Syllabification: eye-o·pen·er

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