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From red +‎ eye.


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red-eye (countable and uncountable, plural red-eyes)

  1. The common rudd, Scardinius erythrophthalmus. [from 17th c.]
  2. (US) Any of various sunfishes of the family Centrarchidae, now especially the redeye bass, Micropterus coosae. [from 19th c.]
    • 1970 April, A. J. McClane, “The Sunfish Family”, in Field & Stream, volume 74, number 12, page 116:
      Redeyes inhabit clear-water streams with an abundance of shoals and are usually confined to headwater sections.
  3. (US, South Africa) Any of various round herrings of the genus Etrumeus.
    • 2006, Carl van der Lingen et al., “Forecasting shelf processes of relevance to living marine resources in the BCLME”, in Vere Shannon et al., editors, Benguela: Predicting a Large Marine Ecosystem, Amsterdam: Elsevier, →ISBN, page 330:
      This is probably less of a barrier to mesopelagic species such as lanternfish (Lampanyctodes hectoris), redeye (Etrumeus whiteheadi) or gobies (Sufflogobius bibarbatus), all of which are capable of more extensive vertical migration than the small epipelagic fish.
  4. (Canada, US) The red-eyed vireo, Vireo olivaceus. [from 19th c.]
  5. (Australia) A species of cicada, Psaltoda moerens, native to eastern Australia. [from 20th c.]
  6. The red-eyed tree frog, Agalychnis callidryas.
    • 2006, R. D. Bartlett, The 25 Best Reptile and Amphibian Pets, Hauppauge, New York: Barron's Educational Series, →ISBN, page 125:
      Red-eyes have large and well-developed toepads and are adept at both leaping and walking through their elevated homes.
  7. (medicine) Redness of the conjunctiva; pink-eye. [from 20th c.]
  8. Redness in the eye of someone in a photograph, as an unwanted consequence of refracted light from a flash. [from 20th c.]
  9. (US, slang) A strong, but poor quality whiskey. [from 19th c.]
    • 1967, Charles Bukowski, letter, in On Writing, Canongate 2016, p. 93:
      [W]hat I am trying to explain to you is that I have rather cracked grains and that a visit from you would not solve anything, especially with a jug of red eye when my stomach is gone.
  10. A drink made by adding a shot of espresso to a cup of coffee.
    • 2008, Betty Hechtman, Hooked on Murder, New York: Berkley Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 58:
      “A red-eye, please,” I said to the young woman. I waited to see whether she would recognize the drink or whether I would have to explain that it was a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso. [] She made my drink, then his, but kept her eyes on him even as she handed me my red-eye.
  11. (Canada, regional) A drink consisting of beer with tomato juice. [from 20th c.]
  12. (US, colloquial) An overnight airplane flight.
    I waited too late to book my holiday flight, so I had to take the red-eye.
    • 2007, Ellen Klages, “Triangle”, in Portable Childhoods, San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, →ISBN, page 61–62:
      The red-eye back to San Francisco was only about half full. Michael had a window seat and Willy stretched his six-foot-three inch frame out into the aisle as they waited for take-off.

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red-eye (not comparable)

  1. (informal, of an airplane flight) Overnight.
    • 1994, Tom Clancy, Armored Cav: A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment, New York: Berkley Books, →ISBN, page 281:
      Fortunately, most of these were former French colonies, and through a combination of quiet diplomacy and well-placed French nationals in the various air-traffic-control centers, the 300-mile-long stream of American aircraft flew the width of Africa as uneventfully as a red-eye flight from LAX to JFK.


red-eye (third-person singular simple present red-eyes, present participle red-eyeing, simple past and past participle red-eyed)

  1. (intransitive, rare) To travel on a red-eye airplane flight.
    • 2011, Glenn Kleier, The Knowledge of Good & Evil, New York: Tom Doherty Associates, →ISBN, page 37:
      And though convinced she was making a fool of herself, she'd done as the frantic monk had begged, red-eyeing to Miami, island-hopping here.

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