a sight to make sore eyes sorer

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

    Senior Member
    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).


    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    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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