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yokohama134072

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The following sentences are from a British novel:

Bowman handed me the torch without a word and I bent over the dead man.
His eyes were open—one only just—the surfaces peppered with the grit that an
east wind hurls at you off London streets.

My question is about the insertion "one only just". Does "one" mean one of
his eyes? Or does it mean his both eyes are open only a little?
 
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