- eye1 W1S1 [aı] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(for seeing with)¦2¦(way of seeing/understanding)¦3 keep an eye on something/somebody4 have/keep your eye on somebody5 eye contact6 keep/have one eye/half an eye on somebody/something7 have your eye on something8 the naked eye9 before your very eyes10 can't take your eyes off somebody/something11 under the (watchful/stern etc) eye of somebody12 run/cast your eye over something13 set/lay/clap eyes on somebody/something14 keep an eye open/out (for something)15 with an eye to (doing) something16 close/shut your eyes to something17 have a (good) eye for something18 keep your eyes peeled/skinned19 with your eyes open20 can do something with your eyes shut/closed21 make eyes at somebody/give somebody the eye22 an eye for/on/to the main chance23 one in the eye for somebody24 an eye for an eye25 for somebody's eyes only26 have eyes in the back of your head27 get/keep your eye in28 have eyes like a hawk29 have eyes popping (out of your head)30 be up to your eyes in something31 have eyes bigger than your belly32 only have eyes for somebody33 my eye!34 all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc35 in a pig's eye!36¦(camera)¦37¦(needle)¦38¦(for fastening clothes)¦39¦(storm)¦40¦(potato)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: eage]1.) ¦(FOR SEEING WITH)¦one of the two parts of the body that you use to see with▪ He's got brown eyes and a cheerful smile.▪ There were tears in her eyes as she listened to the story.▪ Ow! I've got something in my eye!▪ Jessica's eyes sparkled with excitement.close/shut your eyes▪ He yawned, closed his eyes again, and turned over.▪ Emily opened her eyes .drop/lower your eyes(=to look down)have/keep etc your eyes glued to sth(=to be watching something with all your attention)▪ Winifred sat with her eyes glued to the television screen.▪ Clark's eyes narrowed as he saw the man approaching.▪ Louise's eyes widened.▪ All eyes were immediately turned on (=everyone looked at) Henry.▪ I've got an eye test (=a test to check how well I can see) tomorrow.blue-eyed/one-eyed/bright-eyed etc▪ a brown-eyed girl2.) ¦(WAY OF SEEING/UNDERSTANDING)¦ [C usually singular]a particular way of seeing, judging, or understanding something▪ Go through your shopping list with a critical eye for foods with a high fat content.with the eye of sb▪ The magazine combines the accuracy of the scientist with the eye of the artist.to sb's eye(s)▪ The picture quality, to my eye, is excellent.through the eyes of sb(=from the point of view of a particular person)▪ The story is told through the eyes of a refugee child.in the eyes of sb(=according to a particular person or group)▪ Carl could do no wrong in the eyes of his parents.3.) keep an eye on sth/sbto look after someone or something and make sure that they are safe▪ Mary will keep an eye on the kids this afternoon.▪ We keep a watchful eye on our elderly neighbors.4.) have/keep your eye on sbto carefully watch everything that someone does, especially because you do not trust them▪ We want Taylor in jail where we can keep an eye on him.5.) eye contactwhen you look directly at someone at the same time as they are looking at you▪ People who are lying tend to avoid eye contact.▪ In a formal interview, try to maintain good eye contact with the interviewers.6.) keep/have one eye/half an eye on sb/sthto be watching someone or something at the same time that you are doing something else▪ Louise was stirring the soup with half an eye on the baby.7.) have your eye on sthto want something that you think might become available▪ He has his eye on the bigger apartment next door.8.) the naked eyeif you can see something with the naked eye, you can see it without using any artificial help such as a ↑telescope or ↑microscopewith the naked eye▪ It's just about possible to see the planet with the naked eye on a clear night.visible/invisible to the naked eye▪ Dust mites are tiny creatures, invisible to the naked eye.9.) before your very eyes also (right) in front of your eyesespecially spoken if something happens before your very eyes, it happens where you can clearly see it▪ The murder had apparently taken place before our very eyes.10.) can't take your eyes off sb/sthto be unable to stop looking at someone or something, especially because they are extremely interesting or attractive▪ She looked stunning. I couldn't take my eyes off her all evening.11.) under the (watchful/stern etc) eye of sbwhile being watched by someone who is making sure that you behave properly or do something right▪ We went to dances, but only under the watchful eye of our father.12.) run/cast your eye over sthto look at something quickly▪ She cast her eye over the front page of the paper.13.) set/lay/clap eyes on sb/sthspoken to see something or meet someone, especially for the first time▪ I loved that house from the moment I clapped eyes on it.14.) keep an eye open/out (for sth)to watch carefully so that you will notice when someone or something appears▪ Keep an eye out for rabbits in the field.15.) with an eye to (doing) sthif you do something with an eye to doing something else, you do it in order to make the second thing more likely to happen▪ Most novels are published with an eye to commercial success.16.) close/shut your eyes to sthto ignore something or pretend that you do not know it is happening▪ Most governments know that we're heading for an environmental catastrophe but they shut their eyes to it.17.) have a (good) eye for sthto be good at noticing a particular type of thing, especially something attractive, valuable, of good quality etc▪ Ernest has an eye for detail.▪ She's definitely got a good eye for a bargain.18.) keep your eyes peeled/skinnedspoken to watch carefully and continuously for somethingkeep your eyes peeled/skinned for▪ She stumbled along, keeping her eyes peeled for a phone box.19.) with your eyes openknowing fully what the problems, difficulties, results etc of a situation might be▪ I've no-one to blame but myself - I went into this deal with my eyes open.20.) can do sth with your eyes shut/closedto be able to do something very easily▪ Believe me, you could run that place with your eyes closed.21.) make eyes at sb/give sb the eye informalto look at someone in a way that shows you think they are sexually attractive▪ Don't look now, but that guy over there is really giving you the eye.22.) an eye for/on/to the main chanceif you have an eye for the main chance, you will take advantage of any possible opportunity to get what you want - used to show disapproval23.) one in the eye for sbBrE spoken something that will annoy someone or give them a disadvantage - used especially when you think this is a good thing▪ This latest judgement will definitely be one in the eye for the fast food corporations.24.) an eye for an eyethe idea that if someone does something wrong, you should punish them by doing the same thing to them▪ An eye for an eye is no way to run a civilised justice system.25.) for sb's eyes onlyused to say that something is secret and must only be seen by one particular person or group▪ The information is for police eyes only.26.) have eyes in the back of your headto know what is happening all around you, even when this seems impossible▪ We'll have to be really careful - old Jonesey has eyes in the back of his head.27.) get/keep your eye inBrE informal to practise or to continue practising an activity so that you become good at it28.) have eyes like a hawkto notice every small detail or everything that is happening, and therefore be very difficult to deceive▪ We never got away with anything in Mrs. Podell's class - she had eyes like a hawk.29.) have eyes popping (out of your head)BrE especially spoken to be very surprised, shocked, or excited by something you see30.) be up to your eyes in sthBrE informal to be very busy doing something▪ He's up to his eyes in paperwork.31.) have eyes bigger than your bellyspoken used to say that you have taken more food than you are able to eat32.) only have eyes for sbif someone only has eyes for someone, they love and are interested in that person only33.) my eye!old-fashioned spoken used to say that you do not believe something34.) all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etca) used to say that everyone is looking at someone or something▪ All eyes were on the speaker, and nobody noticed me slip into the hall.b) used to say that a lot of people are paying attention to a particular person or situation▪ For the time being, all eyes are on the White House.35.) in a pig's eye!AmE spoken used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying36.) ¦(CAMERA)¦ [singular]the eye of the camera is the way that you appear in photographs▪ Fashion models are completely comfortable with the eye of the camera.37.) ¦(NEEDLE)¦the hole in a needle that you put the thread through38.) ¦(FOR FASTENING CLOTHES)¦a small circle or U-shaped piece of metal used together with a hook for fastening clothes39.) ¦(STORM)¦ [singular]the calm centre of a storm such as a ↑hurricane40.)¦(POTATO)¦a dark spot on a potato that a new plant can grow from→↑bird's-eye view, ↑black eye, ↑Catseye, ↑private eye, ↑red eye,the apple of sb's eye at ↑apple, not bat an eye at ↑bat2 (2), turn a blind eye (to sth) at ↑blind1 (3), see sth out of the corner of your eye at ↑corner1 (8), the evil eye at ↑evil1 (5), give sb the glad eye at ↑glad, look sb in the eye/face at ↑look1 (7), in your mind's eye at ↑mind1 (40), here's mud in your eye at ↑mud,open sb's eyes (to) at ↑open2 (17), in the public eye at ↑public1 (4), make sheep's eyes at at ↑sheep, a sight for sore eyes at ↑sight1 (14), in the twinkling of an eye at ↑twinkling,keep a weather eye on at ↑weather1 (5), pull the wool over sb's eyes at ↑wooleye 2eye2 present participle eyeing or eyingv [T]to look at someone or something carefully, especially because you do not trust them or because you want something▪ The man behind the desk eyed us suspiciously.▪ A crowd of local children gathered around, eying us in silence.eye up [eye sb<=>up] phr vinformal to look at someone in a way that shows you think they are sexually attractive▪ There was a group of lads at the bar, eyeing up every girl who walked in.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.