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an eye-opener

Meaning: You can say something's an eye-opener if it's made you realize something you hadn't been aware of before.

For example:

  • Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" was a real eye-opener for me. I hadn't really understood how serious global warming was until I saw it.

  • Cathy said her trip to Thailand was quite an eye-opener for her. She'd never realized before how beautiful Thailand was, or how friendly the people were.

Quick Quiz:

Jenny and the other kids went on their first visit to the zoo today, and it was a real eye-opener for them. They
  1. had been there many times before
  2. had never seen animals like that before
  3. were upset because it was closed

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