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    Default That lamp's shining in my eyes.

    That lamp's shining in my eyes.
    How can a lamp be shining in one's eyes?

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    Default Re: That lamp's shining in my eyes.

    It is like I cannot see because that lamp is shining in my eyes.

    shine in/on = produce bright light.

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    Default Re: That lamp's shining in my eyes.

    If I am holding the flashlight while you do some work, but I'm not paying attention, so that the beam of the light is pointed at your eyes instead of what you are trying to work on, the light is shining in your eyes.

    If the light in the lamp is pointed out instead of down, it will shine in your eyes.

    I put new track lighting in my kitchen. We had to adjust one of the lamps, because the light hit you right in the eye as you walked into the kitchen. It was shining in our eyes.

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    Default Re: That lamp's shining in my eyes.

    Then, figuratively, you may describe someone as "bright-eyed" - or say that "the light of happiness was shining in his eyes" or "the lamp of knowledge was glowing in his eyes" - in this case, you are suggesting that his eyes actually emitted a light (which of course they do not, which is why it is only figuratively stated).

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