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    Smile shot the light out of my eyes

    Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined part means?
    Does it mean "see stars in front of my eyes" or something?
    And one more. What does 'hurt to' mean in the last sentence? Is it different from 'hurt'?
    Thank you.

    ---------------------(these sentences are from a children' novel, <Honest Truth> by Dan Gemeinhart.)
    (In the story a 9 year-old-boy was hit by a street teenage gang.)
    I started to rise up onto my hands and knees but a fist slammed into my cheek and shot the light out of my eyes.
    I didn't cry. But only because I was too scared and sick and hurt to.
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    Re: shot the light out of my eyes

    I suppose "shot the light out of my eyes" means "knocked me unconscious".

    ...hurt to is ungrammatical and meaningless. My guess is that the author meant too.

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    Re: shot the light out of my eyes

    "hurt to" is fine. It means "I didn't cry. The only reason I didn't cry was that I was too scared and sick to cry". The word "cry" is already there so it is unnecessary to repeat it at the end.

    I wanted to buy a car but I was too broke to.
    I wanted to buy a car but I was too broke to buy a car.

    She needed to go to the shop but she was too lazy to.
    She needed to go to the shop but she was too lazy to go to the shop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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