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    Brailing eyes

    Hello,

    I am not certain what the author means by eyes were brailing. Does it mean his eyes were closing, or his eyes were glazing over?

    Yes, he was mad. He could feel his jaw working, chattering rapidly up and down, making those
    curious sounds—knew that his eyes were brailing. . . . Attendants were running up, surrounding him. His arms were pinioned. The room swam. He must have fainted.

    John Metcalfe, Mr. Meldrum´s Mania, 1925

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Brailing eyes

    'Brail' is a nautical term meaning to gather or haul in, as in furling the sails, so I'd gather it means he was squinting in anger.
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