A pleasant and good surprise, an unexpected thing that can relieve you of your trouble


  • It is an 18th century phrase, which originated from the imagination of a writer who thought that a remedy for “sore” eyes would be any pleasant sight. A ‘sore’ eye is one that is in pain, worry or some kin d of distress. Today the expression means if you are in an unpleasant situation, or you got stuck in some kind of trouble and difficulty then, any sort of help at that moment will be “sore to your eyes”.

In the time of adversity, financial support from a friend was really a sight for sore eyes for poor Bob.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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sight for sore eyesA pleasing sight, something that is beautiful to look at.
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