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  • “Must keep our eyes peeled for trouble at Great Pass, though,” Achardus warned blearily, surging to his feet and gesturing with his empty cup.

    Conqueror's Moon

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  • Looked this up in Google books.
    Eyes Skinned goes back to 1832

    Congressional Edition - Volume 213 - Page 36

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    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

    books.google.ca/books?id=AxoEAAAAYAAJ
    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.
    http://books.google.ca/books?id=j-U_AAAAYAAJ


    February 25, 2013