Meaning of sleep with one eye open in English:

sleep with one eye open

phrase

  • Sleep very lightly, aware of what is happening around one.

    ‘the woman was like a cat sleeping with one eye open, watching everything that went on’
    • ‘I'm sleeping with one eye open because it's disturbing.’
    • ‘It was very scary; I had to sleep with one eye open.’
    • ‘So, if I were you, tonight I'd sleep with one eye open.’
    • ‘We had to basically sleep with one eye open at all times, because we had an environment there that was ripe for chaos.’
    • ‘I set his crib next to my bed, and I slept with one eye open.’
    • ‘She must have heard something because according to her father she slept with one eye open at all times.’
    • ‘Brown gives the impression these days that, like the proverbial fox, he sleeps with one eye open.’
    • ‘I have spent my life in an area where you needed to sleep with one eye open to survive.’
    • ‘If you don't sleep with one eye open you're going to be in deep trouble tomorrow.’