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    Question Open blue eyes

    Does "open blue eyes" that someone has (not for the moment, but in general) mean that s/he has wide-open blue eyes? Or maybe these two have different meaning, and for example wide-open are more open than just open eyes?

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    Default Re: Open blue eyes

    This is not a standard phrase.

    If you say someone has an "open" look, it's more about personality. You feel you can go talk to that person. This would be in contrast to a "guarded" look or a "haunted look."

    Perhaps the person was combining that aspect of a description with the actual color of her eyes.

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    Default Re: Open blue eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Does "open blue eyes" that someone has (not for the moment, but in general) mean that s/he has wide-open blue eyes? Or maybe these two have different meaning, and for example wide-open are more open than just open eyes?

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    Give us a sample sentence to work with. Context is important when interpreting this phrase.

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    Default Re: Open blue eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Give us a sample sentence to work with. Context is important when interpreting this phrase.
    It's just a description of a person. It's from Jane Walsh's "Not like this":

    "Father was tall, golden-haired, with a well-shaped mouth and open blue eyes. Though he himself was Lancashire born, his parents had come over from Ireland, and he had a large quota of Irish charm." And so on...

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    Default Re: Open blue eyes

    It means that his eyes looked wide open, rather like a baby's eyes look [and they are blue in colour].

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    Default Re: Open blue eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It means that his eyes looked wide open, rather like a baby's eyes look [and they are blue in colour].
    And this is my first guess, in fact.

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    Nyggus

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