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"Open your eyes" - Title of one of Guano Apes' songs

"Open up your eyes" - From song "Politik" by ColdPlay

Is there any difference in meaning or is it just a matter of choice?

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    "Open your eyes" is more idiomatic and commonly used. The added emphasis or intensity of "Open up your eyes" would be reserved for situations that demand it. – Mark Hubbard Dec 16 '16 at 16:42
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    As a stand-alone command, I would read open up your eyes to mean open your eyes wider —for example, if I am applying mascara to someone else I might say this to them. More often, though, the phrase is used idiomatically as a description, not a command, to mean make the eyes look bigger, as in curled eyelashes and mascara will really open up your eyes. – 1006a Dec 16 '16 at 20:26
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    Thank you for including the research you did to try to answer your question. Knowing that the other question wasn't helpful makes it easier for us to understand your question. – ColleenV Dec 17 '16 at 18:51

Up can be attached phrasally to quite a few verbs that aren't verbs of motion like walk, run, etc. Or you can consider it something like an adverb instead of a preposition.

The meaning is one of emphasis or "completely, totally" - e.g. open up X or open X up = open X all the way it can go.

I cut up all the paper.

I already washed up for dinner.

I finished up all the tasks.

I typed up a couple papers.

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Style, mostly. Either one can refer to the physical act or a metaphorical one, though I think "open your eyes" is used more often than "open up" for metaphor:

Open your eyes! Obama is ordering people killed without conviction, trial, or even charges being laid.

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  • Adding graphic flavoring is an improvement. Thanks! – MMacD Dec 18 '16 at 18:55

In those two examples, there is no difference. In fact, mostly they are the same.

"Open the box!" = "Open up the box!"

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