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  • 1The undesirable effect in flash photography of people appearing to have red eyes, caused by a reflection from the retina when the flashgun is too near the camera lens.
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    • Techniques are given such as boosting reds and yellows to produce an effect like a warming filter on a camera or removing red-eye found in flash photos.
    • The effect is accentuated by the fact that everyone, including myself, is suffering from red-eye due to the camera flash.
    • Throw this technique into your bag of GIMP tricks, and you'll never again have to worry about red-eye ruining your candid flash photos.
  • 2 (also red-eye flight) [in singular] informal , chiefly North American An overnight or late-night flight on a commercial airline: she caught the red-eye back to New York
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    • I then spent six hours in the airport, took a red-eye flight back to Logan International, and crashed into bed at 7: 30 the next morning.
    • She's catching a red-eye flight to Canada where she's making a movie with Alan Alda.
    • I took a red-eye flight, did it for free, never thought twice.
  • 3North American A freshwater fish with red eyes, in particular a rock bass.
  • 4US informal Cheap whiskey.
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    • Straight whiskey these days, though, is no shot of red-eye in a dirty glass.
    • Whiskey is no longer just the drink of cigar-smoking older men in suits or a shot of red-eye in a dirty glass down at the local saloon.

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