Look at someone with new eyes/knock the socks off someone
Lv Meng (lǚ méng 吕蒙) was a general
of Wu during the Three Kingdoms Period (三国时代,220-280AD).
He was born in such a poor family that he did not get any chance to go to the school when he was a child
However, there was still less time for reading when he served
in the army after he grew up
Once the king of Wu summoned
Lv Meng and said to him, "Since you are now a general in power, you had better read some books to widen your horizon
Lv Meng answered, "I am so busy with military affairs that I am afraid I have little time to read."
The King said, "Are you busier than I am? Even I often find time to read books on the art of war and gain much benefit
from them. To read more about the experience left by our ancestors
will make you progress."
Lv Meng then did according to what the king said. He concentrated
himself on reading history and military writings.
On day, Military Governor
Lu Su visited Lv Meng and was surprised to find that Lv Meng had become very knowledgeable
Lu Su, who held Lv Meng in contempt
earlier, said, "I did not expect that you would know so much besides fighting! You are not the one you used to be!"
Lv Meng replied, "You should look at a person with new eyes even only after a three days' separation
Today, when a person does something that causes others to see him differently, we can say that people "look at him with new eyes."
英语中有一个与“刮目相看”意义大致相近的短语，叫做“knock the socks off”，直译就是“把~的袜子都撞掉了”，也就是让某人刮目相看的意思啦。同样的，如果别人让你刮目相看的话，你也可以说：“Hey，dude~You really knocked my socks off!”
Next quarter I really want to knock the socks off the competition.