How to use
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.
drop/lower your eyes
to look down
have/keep etc your eyes glued to something
to be watching something with all your attention
Winifred sat with her eyes glued to the television screen.
as he saw the man approaching.
Louise's eyes widened.
All eyes were
everyone looked at
I've got an
a test to check how well I can see
a brown-eyed girl
way of seeing/understanding
countable 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 somebody
The magazine combines the accuracy of the scientist with the eye of the artist.
to somebody's eye(s)
The picture quality, to my eye, is excellent.
through the eyes of somebody
from the point of view of a particular person
The story is told through the eyes of a refugee child.
in the eyes of somebody
according to a particular person or group
Carl could do no wrong in the eyes of his parents.
keep an eye on something/somebody
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.
have/keep your eye on somebody
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.
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.
keep/have one eye/half an eye on somebody/something
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.
have your eye on something
to want something that you think might become available
He has his eye on the bigger apartment next door.
the naked eye
if you can see something with the naked eye, you can see it without using any artificial help such as a
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.
before your very eyes
(right) in front of your eyes
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.
can't take your eyes off somebody/something
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.
under the (watchful/stern etc) eye of somebody
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.
run/cast your eye over something
to look at something quickly
She cast her eye over the front page of the paper.
set/lay/clap eyes on somebody/something
to see something or meet someone, especially for the first time
I loved that house from the moment I clapped eyes on it.
keep an eye open/out (for something)
to watch carefully so that you will notice when someone or something appears
Keep an eye out for rabbits in the field.
with an eye to (doing) something
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.
close/shut your eyes to something
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.
have a (good) eye for something
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.
keep your eyes peeled/skinned
to watch carefully and continuously for something
keep your eyes peeled/skinned for
She stumbled along, keeping her eyes peeled for a phone box.
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.
can do something with your eyes shut/closed
to be able to do something very easily
Believe me, you could run that place with your eyes closed.
make eyes at somebody/give somebody the eye
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.
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
one in the eye for somebody
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.
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.
for somebody'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.
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.
get/keep your eye in
to practise or to continue practising an activity so that you become good at it
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.
have eyes popping (out of your head)
to be very surprised, shocked, or excited by something you see
be up to your eyes in something
to be very busy doing something
He's up to his eyes in paperwork.
have eyes bigger than your belly
used to say that you have taken more food than you are able to eat
only have eyes for somebody
if someone only has eyes for someone, they love and are interested in that person only
used to say that you do not believe something
all eyes are on/watching/fixed on etc
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.
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.
in a pig's eye!
used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying
the eye of the camera is the way that you appear in photographs
Fashion models are completely comfortable with the eye of the camera.
the hole in a needle that you put the thread through
for fastening clothes
a small circle or U-shaped piece of metal used together with a hook for fastening clothes
the calm centre of a storm such as a
a dark spot on a potato that a new plant can grow from
; ➔ the apple of somebody's eye
; ➔ not bat an eye
; ➔ turn a blind eye (to something)
; ➔ see something out of the corner of your eye
; ➔ the evil eye
; ➔ give somebody the glad eye
; ➔ look somebody in the eye/face
; ➔ in your mind's eye
; ➔ here's mud in your eye
; ➔ open somebody's eyes (to)
; ➔ in the public eye
; ➔ make sheep's eyes at
; ➔ a sight for sore eyes
; ➔ in the twinkling of an eye
; ➔ keep a weather eye on
; ➔ pull the wool over somebody's eyes
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