a sight to make sore eyes sorer

Discussion in 'English Only' started by möglich, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. möglich Senior Member

    can some please explain this sentence to me ?
    "This scene was a sight to make sore eyes sorer."
    Is it positive or negative ?
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    The cliché "a sight for sore eyes" means "a beautiful sight", "a long-awaited sight", "a sight to make the heart glad".

    This is the opposite. But it's not a cliché, it's an original invention by the writer (rather a good one).
  3. möglich Senior Member

    Thanks, Keith. I thought it was a way of reinforcing the idiom...
  4. suzi br

    suzi br Senior Member

    Stoke on Trent
    England and English
    Where did you find it?
  5. möglich Senior Member

    in "the exploits of Engelbrecht" by Maurice Richardson
  6. Cagey post mod

    English - US
    For sake of completeness:

    Here is an earlier thread on the base idiom, with some added discussion:
    (I just added 'sight' which is why you may have searched and not found this thread. :))

    Also, our dictionary has this definition of a sight for sore eyes.
    informal a person or thing that one is extremely pleased or relieved to see.
    It's among the phrases listed under sight.

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