Eye - Idioms and Expressions

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The following idioms and expressions use the noun 'eye'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'eye'.

Apple of someone's eye

someone's favorite person or object

Jennifer is the apple of her father's eye. He's so proud of her.
My Mercedes is the apple of my eye.

Bird's-eye view

a viewpoint from which one can see a wide area, also used figuratively to mean that someone can see an entire situation from a perspective

His bird's-eye view of the market will help us beat our competitors.
The hotel provides a lovely bird's-eye view over the bay.

Catch someone's eye

gain attention, to catch someone's attention

I caught the waitperson's eye. He'll be with us shortly.
That house on Elm street certainly caught my eye. Should we talk a look inside.

Cry one's eyes out

cry for a very long time in a desperate manner

I think you just need to cry your eyes out to get it all out of your system.
Maria's crying her eyes out. I wonder what happened?

Eagle eye

an ability to see important details

Show it to the editor. She has an eagle eye and will catch any mistake.
Luckily Tom's eagle eye saw the discounted sweater I was looking for.

Feast one's eyes on something

enjoy the sight of something, often used to boast of something someone is proud of

Feast your eyes on my new watch. Isn't it beautiful?!
I can't stop feasting my eyes on my new car.

Get a black eye

receive a bruise from something around the eye, also used figuratively to mean to suffer a defeat

I got a black eye when I bumped into the door.
I guess we got a black eye trying to compete with that big corporation.

Get stars in one's eyes

become obsessed about show business

Ever since Janet got the lead role in the high school play, she's got stars in her eyes.
Just because you are handsome doesn't mean you need to get stars in your eyes.

Give someone the eye

look at someone in an accusatory or disapproving manner

The teacher was giving me the eye during the test. I guess he thought I might cheat.
Don't give me the eye! You're the one who caused this mess.

Have eyes bigger than your stomach

desire more food than you can actually eat

Little children tend to have eyes bigger than their stomachs.
I remember one crazy night when my best friend had eyes bigger than his stomach. He ordered more than six different meals!

Have eyes in the back of one's head

be able to see what is going one although others think they are being secretive

My mom had eyes in the back of her head. I never got away with anything.
Do you have eyes in the back of your head? How did you notice that?

Hit the bull's-eye

hit the center of the target, used figuratively to express being very successful at a particular task

I think we hit the bull's-eye with our new product line.
You've hit the bull's-eye by getting that job.

In the public eye

in a position where the public can observe one's actions

You'll be in the public eye if you take that job.
Hollywood actors are all in the pubic eye.

Keep one's eye on the ball

remain concentrated, especially in a work situation

You need to keep your eye on the ball no matter how long it takes to succeed.
His ability to keep his eye on the ball assured his eventual success.

Turn a blind eye to someone or something

willingly ignore someone or something

Just turn a blind eye to Ted. He'll never change.
I'm going to turn a blind eye to that problem for the moment.

Without batting an eye

do something and not hesitate

He purchased the $2 million home without batting an eye.
John made the decision without batting an eye.