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  1. romronr
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    Eye idiom for couldn't sleep all night

    hey,
    ive seen that exact idiom like this I couldnt... an eye or eyelashes dunno.
    my point is I know that it means the person wasnt able to shut his eyes so to speak.

    I have a hunch the verb missing starts with p but its not pluck( or you would be doing your brows, hehe)

    Im obsessing, please could I get any help?
    thanks!

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    Re: Eye idiom for couldnt sleep all night

    The only idiom I can think of, beginning with p, has nothing to do with sleeplessness (eaxcept if the watcher has to stay alert for hours on end): "Keep your eyes peeled" - which means 'keep a careful watch'. I suppose the idea is that the eyelid is like the peel of a fruit, now I come to think of it (which I haven't done until now, although it's an odd expression) - with the bare eyeball like the peeled fruit.

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    Re: Eye idiom for couldnt sleep all night

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    A closely related* meaning of this word is seen here: 'I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that edition': to keep your eyes peeled for something is to be on the lookout for it.

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    *Almost the same, but the emphasis is on awareness rather than attentiveness.

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    Re: Eye idiom for couldn't sleep all night

    I couldn't sleep a wink.

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