see stars (third-person singular simple present sees stars, present participle seeing stars, simple past saw stars, past participle seen stars)
- (idiomatic) To experience apparent flashing lights in one's field of vision, especially after receiving a blow to the head.
- 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, ch. 43:
- Of course they bumped their heads smartly together, saw stars, and both came up flushed and laughing, without the ball, to resume their seats, wishing they had not left them.
- 1995, Michael Crichton, "Arts & Media: Excerpt from Jurassic Park: The Lost World," Time, 25 Sept.:
- Malcolm hit his head and fell to the floor, seeing stars.
- 2009, William C. Rhoden, "A Hall of Fame Linebacker Turns 50," New York Times, 9 Feb. (retrieved 26 Sep 2010):
- During his 13-year career as a game-changing NFL linebacker, Lawrence Taylor hit opponents so hard he often made them see stars.
experience flashing lights