Definition of eye-watering in English:

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1Causing the eyes to water: eye-watering Scotch bonnet chillies
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  • They range from eye-watering acidity to honey-soaked late harvest dessert wines.
  • Another new product, a gin with an eye-watering alcohol content of 60 %, will go on sale at the start of September.
  • Thus, the wind renders me unable to see for all the blinking and eye-watering attempts to rid my eye of said debris.
2(Especially of a figure or amount) extremely high or large: an eye-watering 22% rise in business rates eye-watering pre-tax losses of £38.5 million
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  • The total amount of footage now amounts to an eye-watering 400 hours of film.
  • Building work has begun on a new clubhouse for Chiswick Rugby Club with the help of some eye-watering fund raising.
  • Last summer several British drivers caught hurrying on their way to Le Mans were each fined 750 euros, an eye-watering £500.



[as submodifier]: his eye-wateringly expensive divorce settlement
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  • They're also eye-wateringly expensive, around $900, which is a little more than a run-of-the-mill MP3 player.
  • The policy has been eye-wateringly costly, yet it has not even achieved its one main objective.
  • It's expensive, but not as eye-wateringly costly as owning and running your own jet.

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