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a sight for sore eyes Informal

Meaning: If something or someone is a sight for sore eyes, you are glad to see them.

For example:

  • It's been raining here for a week, so it sure was a sight for sore eyes when we saw the sun this morning.

  • Hey, Ozzie! You're a sight for sore eyes, man. Haven't seen you for ages.

Quick Quiz:

A water tap would be a sight for sore eyes after
  1. fixing the plumbing all day
  2. getting a poke in the eye
  3. walking in the desert all day without water

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