eye1 W1S1 [aı] n
ear, ↑nose, ↑tooth, ↑eye
1¦(for seeing with)¦
2¦(way of seeing/understanding)¦
3 keep an eye on something/somebody
4 have/keep your eye on somebody
5 eye contact
6 keep/have one eye/half an eye on somebody/something
7 have your eye on something
8 the naked eye
9 before your very eyes
10 can't take your eyes off somebody/something
11 under the (watchful/stern etc) eye of somebody
12 run/cast your eye over something
13 set/lay/clap eyes on somebody/something
14 keep an eye open/out (for something)
15 with an eye to (doing) something
16 close/shut your eyes to something
17 have a (good) eye for something
18 keep your eyes peeled/skinned
19 with your eyes open
20 can do something with your eyes shut/closed
21 make eyes at somebody/give somebody the eye
22 an eye for/on/to the main chance
23 one in the eye for somebody
24 an eye for an eye
25 for somebody's eyes only
26 have eyes in the back of your head
27 get/keep your eye in
28 have eyes like a hawk
29 have eyes popping (out of your head)
30 be up to your eyes in something
31 have eyes bigger than your belly
32 only have eyes for somebody
33 my eye!
34 all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc
35 in a pig's eye!
38¦(for fastening clothes)¦
[: Old English; Origin: eage]
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 girl
2.) ¦(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/sb
to 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 sb
to 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 contact
when 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/sth
to 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 sth
to want something that you think might become available
He has his eye on the bigger apartment next door.
8.) the naked eye
if you can see something with the naked eye, you can see it without using any artificial help such as a ↑telescope or ↑microscope
with 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 eyes
especially 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/sth
to 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 sb
while 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 sth
to look at something quickly
She cast her eye over the front page of the paper.
13.) set/lay/clap eyes on sb/sth
spoken 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) sth
if 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 sth
to 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 sth
to 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/skinned
spoken to watch carefully and continuously for something
keep your eyes peeled/skinned for
She stumbled along, keeping her eyes peeled for a phone box.
19.) with your eyes open
knowing 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/closed
to 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 informal
to 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 chance
if you have an eye for the main chance, you will take advantage of any possible opportunity to get what you want - used to show disapproval
23.) one in the eye for sb
BrE 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 eye
the 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 only
used 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 head
to 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 in
BrE informal to practise or to continue practising an activity so that you become good at it
28.) have eyes like a hawk
to 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 see
30.) be up to your eyes in sth
BrE informal to be very busy doing something
He's up to his eyes in paperwork.
31.) have eyes bigger than your belly
spoken used to say that you have taken more food than you are able to eat
32.) only have eyes for sb
if someone only has eyes for someone, they love and are interested in that person only
33.) my eye!
old-fashioned spoken used to say that you do not believe something
34.) all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc
a) 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 saying
36.) ¦(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 through
a small circle or U-shaped piece of metal used together with a hook for fastening clothes
39.) ¦(STORM)¦ [singular]
the calm centre of a storm such as a ↑hurricane
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 atapple, not bat an eye atbat2 (2), turn a blind eye (to sth) atblind1 (3), see sth out of the corner of your eye atcorner1 (8), the evil eye atevil1 (5), give sb the glad eye atglad, look sb in the eye/face atlook1 (7), in your mind's eye atmind1 (40), here's mud in your eye atmud,open sb's eyes (to) atopen2 (17), in the public eye atpublic1 (4), make sheep's eyes at atsheep, a sight for sore eyes atsight1 (14), in the twinkling of an eye attwinkling,keep a weather eye on atweather1 (5), pull the wool over sb's eyes atwool
eye 2
eye2 present participle eyeing or eying
v [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 v
informal 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.

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