One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or animal) with an expression of panic or desperation in their eyes.
- ‘It too has the gift of disguise, now appearing as a wild-eyed woman, now as a vacantly smiling man.’
- ‘The animal looks back at me in wild-eyed confusion.’
- ‘The man jumped, snapped his head at me and gave me a wild-eyed, slack-jawed expression of shock.’
- ‘On our way into the French Quarter, a wild-eyed man flags down our car, begging us for insulin or information about where some can be found.’
- ‘So Simon Streeting and me started to lose at Millionaire, but when Simon Streeting went up to get us another drink, the wild-eyed man caught my eye.’
- ‘They seem like grizzled, wild-eyed children delighted with today's adventure.’
- ‘We also expect them to quickly put down any wild-eyed, frothing animal before they can latch on to anyone with their fatal, infectious bite.’
- ‘A wild-eyed man who worships Neil Diamond and was deaf as a child is second.’
- ‘The little screen showed a wild-eyed man, standing much too close to the camera.’
- ‘A longtime wearer of contacts, Roberts needed no persuading afterward to keep the new lenses, even if they make him look like some wild-eyed creature from a science fiction film.’
- ‘Terrified, the horses were wild-eyed, ears pulled back.’
- ‘The wild-eyed soldier rushed out like an animal released from captivity, and leaned along the railing, starting to laugh with uncontrollable joy.’
- ‘At the end of a date with Arzu, Mehmet is riding the bus home when a shaggy, wild-eyed man boards and sits next to him.’
- ‘Then a woman popped up out of the water, wild-eyed and panicking.’
- ‘One carried a TV set, and both squinted like feral animals, wild-eyed and bristly-bearded and sunburned, as they walked toward the Jeep.’
- ‘At least then I could spot them in good time (clipboard, sensible cardie and wild-eyed look of desperation) and take avoiding action without looking too obvious.’
- ‘A player in a slump is a sad sight to behold, equal parts wild-eyed desperation and puppy-dog bewilderment.’
- ‘Eventually the original horse whisperer worked out how to get a wild-eyed stallion to accept bridle, saddle and rider in just 30 minutes without breaking its spirit.’
- ‘That was Ishmael's job, but he had that wild-eyed look fishermen get in the presence of slimy dead animals with gaping mouths.’
- ‘That wild-eyed amphibian has brought people together across the land, uniting one and all across this nation in their shared annoyance.’
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