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They took the wool away from my eyes

This malaphor was spotted on a review of the Wyndham Midtown 45 hotel on Booking.com.  Vanessa, the reviewer, was enchanted by the hotel and said “they took the wool away from my eyes.”

https://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?aid=312313;label=metatripad-link-imageus-hotel-56470_xqdz-2e33a0aee7c154048a2a6eb59c04ffc0_dom-com_curr-XXX_clkid-WRNP0gokMDMAAslhH6IAAABt;sid=92338740556946245c574dcf18bc8302;city=20088325;expand_sb=1;highlighted_hotels=56470;hlrd=no_dates;keep_landing=1;redirected=1;source=hotel&utm_campaign=us&utm_content=dom-com&utm_medium=image&utm_source=metatripad&utm_term=hotel-56470&

This is a mashup of “pulled the wool over our eyes” (to deceive) and “take (one’s) breath away” (to overwhelm someone with beauty or grandeur).  I guess once the wool was removed she was able to see clearly.  This one reminds me of an earlier malaphor posting, “he pulled the rug over my eyes”  https://malaphors.com/2016/06/08/he-pulled-the-rug-over-their-eyes/  Deceit and beauty seem to go together…. A big thank you to Diana Greenhalgh for spotting this one and sending it in!

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