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alexz commented on the word eyes peeled
Looked this up in Google books.
Eyes Skinned goes back to 1832
Congressional Edition - Volume 213 - Page 36
United States. Congress - 1832 - Read - More editions
Keep your eyes skinned now," said the old trapper. We are now entering upon the most dangerous section of the trace, the war ground of the Panis, Osages, and Kansas
Keep your eyes peeled was found to be back at 1848
The indicator: a literary periodical conducted by students of ... - Volumes 1-3 - Page 228
Amherst College - 1848 - Read - More editions
... he used to touch now and then on matrimonials. " My young friends," he would say, " women is dangerous. In the lump, they are to be kept clear of. However, keep your eyes peeled, and if you come across a virtuous woman to your taste
The dictionary of Americanisms lists these as having the same meaning.
February 25, 2013