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    Dear Teacher:

    I am not quite sure about the meanings of the two bracketed phrases. Would you please do me a favor?

    1. His brown eyes were [wet-looking] and wide open with a dazed expression.

    2. Tomorrow you can start doing whatever you're going to do and working wherever you mean to work and [get straightened out].


    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: wet-looking/get straightened out

    I'd say that wet-looking eyes were glassy from crying or intoxication.

    Get straightened out here could mean to organize your life, or stop using drugs or alcohol.

    If the two sentences are from the same text, I'd guess that the drugs/alcohol explanation is probably the right one.

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    Default Re: wet-looking/get straightened out

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    Dear Teacher:

    I am not quite sure about the meanings of the two bracketed phrases. Would you please do me a favor?

    1. His brown eyes were [wet-looking] and wide open with a dazed expression.

    2. Tomorrow you can start doing whatever you're going to do and start working wherever you mean to work and [get yourself straightened out].


    Thanks a lot.
    Eyes wet-looking? Sounds a bit strange. I would just say they were wet. ( with tears, emotions, etc)

    straighten out - get your act together, tidy up your life's mess, get things right this time, etc.

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    Default Re: wet-looking/get straightened out

    The whole sentence is a bit strange to me- do eyes have a 'dazed expression'? I agree with Mykwyner about it sounding like intoxication.
    Last edited by Tdol; 02-Jun-2005 at 03:05. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: wet-looking/get straightened out

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The whole sentence is a bit strange to me- do eyes have a 'dazed expression'? I agree with Mykwyner about it sounding like intoxication.
    Oh yes, eyes do get a dazed expression in them when you are stoned or drunk. What's strange about it, Tdol?

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