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Take the Red Eye

The phrase 'Take the Red Eye' refers to a late night flight that arrives early in the morning.

Example of Use: "I took the red eye from California to New York last night and now I am exhausted."

Interesting fact about Take the Red Eye

While the term 'red-eye' as a noun indicating that whiskey was raw or inferior dates back to 1819 America, the origin of the idiom 'red eye' in association with an airline flight that takes place overnight depriving passengers of sleep is much newer. It was first heard in the United States in 1968.