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    Have/get one's eye wiped

    Hi,
    what does it mean to have one's eye wiped?

    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    How did you see it being used? It is not an idiom I'm familiar with. Could it have simply been literal?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Hi, Barb_D and thank you for your reply.

    The words I was asking about are from a manuscript of a television series, and the language is colloquial British English. Maybe there is a mistake in the manuscript, happens often, but it sounds correct, except for the "there" in the end.

    My attempt to give the context will surely be long and confusing, but here goes:
    Two directors of a little company have been argueing about the workers working in the factory on a Sunday for the female director C. The male director is angry and tells her off shouting loudly.
    Then the workers go to have lunch and drinks in a pub, and have the following conversation.
    F: Right then, who's getting them in?
    K: By rights it should be C. She did promise to pay for our dinners.
    H: Only when she thought we'd be working all day.
    S: She got her eye wiped there.

    S is not in good terms with C, and seems glad the male director has returned to put C in her place (she is not really a director there, but stepped in as one while the other one was away).

    Well maybe this has in some way to do with "the fact" that C's husband had died a little while ago. But there were no tears to see in these scenes I described.
    If this is no idiom, as I believe, since you did not know it as such, then I'll try to understand it somehow.

    I hope my explanation is not too confusing.
    Regards & good night!

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Well, let's hope a British speaker enters in, then. It's not an American idiom.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Well, let's hope a British speaker enters in, then. It's not an American idiom.
    Never met it. Though I could guess what is meant, it would only be a guess.

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Thank you Barb_D and Fivejedjon!

    It's equally important for me to know that this is not a known idiom
    as that it is.
    So you have both been helpful and given me certainty in this respect.

    Wishing you a jolly winter! If possible in freezing cold...

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    LOL - Only a Finn would say jolly=freezing!

    I hope you enjoy the season ahead replete with the weather of your preference!

    Oh, we do say "had his eye blackened" sometimes, but more often "got a black eye" meaning that it didn't go well for the person and he suffered a injury to his reputation.
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    #8

    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    It's not an idiom I've met, but there is an idiomatic usage there that is current in Br English.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pepita View Post
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    F: Right then, who's getting them in?
    K: By rights it should be C. She did promise to pay for our dinners.
    H: Only when she thought we'd be working all day.
    S: She got her eye wiped there.
    ...!
    'Who's getting them in?' means 'Who's buying the next [or, in this case, first] round of drinks?'

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    LOL - Only a Finn would say jolly=freezing!
    I have had so many winters to learn to fool myself,
    that I actually enjoy the season enormously at times,
    and then quite a lot less at others.

    Your exemple of the "black eye" gave me an idea, that in
    my original guestion C could have got her plans and position
    wiped off by the returning director.
    That would suit the context.

    Thanks again and I too wish you comfort and pleasure in this season!

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    Re: Have/get one's eye wiped

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's not an idiom I've met, but there is an idiomatic usage there that is current in Br English.

    'Who's getting them in?' means 'Who's buying the next [or, in this case, first] round of drinks?'

    b
    Thanks BobK!

    This seems endeed to be a very cherished line
    heard a lot in good humoured pub surroundings.
    Luckily I was familiar with it.

    Regards & have a nice winter evening!

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