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shades

noun;
metaphorical, slang term for sunglasses because they provide shade for one’s eyes by the utilization of dark lens Shades has been in the English language for awhile, though few people probably do not realize that it is a slang word because it has become widely accepted as a general term for sunglasses. It only comes up in informal, daily conversation to describe glasses, usually with dark or tinted lens, that are specifically designed to protect one’s eyes from the damaging ultraviolet light from the sun. Thus, it is a metaphor because it is literally providing shade for your eyes just as a tree does.
 
Hold up! Let me go get my shades.
Etymology : shade: to provide covering, as from a tree
Source : parent's friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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