eye-watering


being extremely surprising

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Hedgefund billionaire Ken Griffin earned an estimated income of $850 million last year. The EYE-WATERING amount equates to $435,000 an hour. He is the head of Chicago trading firm Citadel.”

Mail Online - 16 February 2019

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eye-watering
adjective

- extremely surprising, because of being great in amount (The firm owes an eye-watering £3.5bn in debt)
- causing tears to form in your eyes (Wasabi is the eye-watering, hot Japanese horseradish that is usually served on sushi)

Cambridge Dictionary

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QUICK EYE-CHECK
How many gaps can you guess? (answers below, following SYNONYMS)

- Jennifer has an ______  eye, she notices even the smallest typo.
- We need a ______ view of this situation in order to see the big picture.
- Many young people get ______ in their eyes and want to become pop singers.
- He’s feeling sick after eating the whole cake, his eyes were bigger than his ______.
- My daughter is the ______ of my eye.
- Felix hit the ______ with that investment. Today, he’s a millionaire!
- They bought a new Ferrari without ______ an eye. They are swimming in cash.
- Jim was giving Mary the ______ throughout the meeting! It seems he likes her.
- I got a ______ eye when I bumped into a door last week.
- It must be difficult for celebrities to always be in the ______ eye.

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SYNONYMS

for causing amazement in a surprising manner

amazeballs, astonishing, astounding, awesome, bewildering, breathtaking, dumbfounding, eye-opening, eye-popping, fantastical, flabbergasting, gee-whizz, hair-raising, heart-stopping, incredible, jaw-dropping, mind-bending, mind-blowing, mind-boggling, monumental, out of this world, prodigious, remarkable, staggering, startling, stunning, stupefying, stupendous, unbelievable, unheard of


EYE-CHECK ANSWERS

eagle, bird’s-eye, stars, belly, apple, bull’s-eye, batting, eye, black, public


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