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eye

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a keen eye for (=is good at noticing)
▪ She has a keen eye for talent.
a sharp eye for detail (=the ability to notice and deal with details)
an ear/eye infection
▪ She was given antibiotics for an ear infection.
an eye for detail (=skill at noticing all the small features)
▪ He's a brilliant photographer with a fantastic eye for detail.
an eye test/a sight test
▪ All children starting school are given a sight test.
as far as the eye could see (=all the distance you could see)
▪ The plains stretched for as far as the eye could see.
black eye
▪ Jack looked like someone had given him a black eye.
blank face/look/expression/eyes
▪ Zoe looked at me with a blank expression.
blurred...eyes
▪ Tears blurred her eyes.
bring tears to sb’s eyes (=make sb cry)
▪ This unexpected kindness brings tears to my eyes.
cast a critical/expert etc eye
▪ Tonight, Tim Goodman casts a cynical eye on TV ads.
casting her eyes down
▪ She blushed, casting her eyes down.
closed...eyes
▪ Beth closed her eyes and tried to sleep.
cry your eyes/heart out (=be extremely sad and cry a lot)
▪ Lucy read the letter and cried her eyes out.
dried...eyes (=wiped away her tears)
▪ She stood up and dried her eyes.
expert eye (=the eyes of someone who knows a lot about something)
▪ To the expert eye, this is a beautiful example of early Roman pottery.
eye candy
eye drops
eye level
▪ Your screen should be at eye level.
eye make-up
▪ She was wearing far too much eye make-up.
eye patch
eye scan
eye shadow
eye strain
eye tooth
▪ I’d give my eye teeth to be able to play the piano like that.
eyed...warily
▪ She eyed him warily.
eyes blazing with fury
▪ Jo stepped forward, her eyes blazing with fury.
eyes bulging
▪ He fell heavily to the floor, his eyes bulging wide with fear.
eyes dulled
▪ His eyes dulled a little.
eyes fell (=she looked down)
▪ She flushed and her eyes fell.
eyes filled up with tears
▪ Her eyes filled up with tears.
eyes filled with tears
▪ Her eyes filled with tears.
eyes locked together (=they could not look away from each other)
▪ Their eyes locked together for an instant.
eyes...veiled (=you could not guess what he was thinking)
▪ Jasper remained silent and his eyes were veiled .
eyes...watchful
▪ His eyes were watchful.
eyes...watery
▪ Her eyes were red and watery from crying.
followed...with...eyes
▪ She followed Simon with her eyes as he walked to the gate.
given...black eye
▪ Jack looked like someone had given him a black eye.
hook and eye
invisible to the naked eye
▪ Using a telescope, Galileo discovered stars that were invisible to the naked eye.
invisible to the naked eye
▪ Through his telescope he could see millions of stars that were invisible to the naked eye.
jaundiced eye (=in a jaundiced way)
▪ She viewed politics and politicians with a jaundiced eye.
keep a close eye/watch on sb/sth (=watch someone or something carefully)
▪ They have to keep a close eye on their finances.
Keep a wary eye on
Keep a wary eye on the weather before you set sail.
Keep a watchful eye on
Keep a watchful eye on elderly residents.
let your gaze/eyes/thoughts/mind etc drift
▪ Idly she let her eyes drift over his desk.
lift your head/eyes (=move your head or eyes up so that you can look at something)
▪ She lifted her head to gaze at him.
Look...square in the eye
Look him square in the eye and say no.
lose an arm/leg/eye etc
▪ He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.
magic eye
narrowed...eyes
▪ He narrowed his eyes and gazed at the horizon.
observant eye
▪ the writer’s observant eye for detail
pair of hands/eyes/legs etc
▪ She felt as if every pair of eyes in the room was on her.
poke sb in the eye/arm/ribs etc
▪ Be careful with that umbrella or you’ll poke someone in the eye.
private eye
red eye
▪ I took the red eye to LA.
rub your nose/chin/eyes/forehead etc
▪ She yawned and rubbed her eyes.
sb's eyes twinkle/dance with mischief (=they show that someone wants to cause trouble, play tricks etc)
▪ Leo nodded, his eyes shining with mischief.
sb’s eyes are burning/smouldering/blazing with hateliterary
▪ Then he noticed the dark eyes, smouldering with hate.
sb’s eyes fill with tears
▪ His eyes filled with tears as he recalled his mother’s sacrifices.
sb’s good eye/arm/leg etc (=the one that is not damaged)
▪ He sat up, supporting himself on his good arm.
screw/squeeze your eyes shut (=shut your eyes tight)
Seeing Eye dog
shut...eyes
▪ She lay down on her bed and shut her eyes.
snake eyes
soulful eyes
▪ He looked up with those great soulful eyes.
strain your ears/eyes (=try very hard to hear or see)
▪ I strained my ears, listening for any sound in the silence of the cave.
tears well up in sb’s eyes (=tears come into their eyes)
▪ She broke off, feeling the tears welling up in her eyes.
the discerning eye/ear (=someone who can make good judgments about art or music)
the eye of a needle (=the hole at the top of the needle that the thread goes through)
▪ This gadget helps you put the thread through the eye of the needle.
the human eye (=used especially when saying that something cannot be seen by people)
▪ These creatures are too small for the human eye to see.
there are tears in sb’s eyes
▪ As she watched, there were tears of joy in her eyes.
to the practised eye (=to someone who has seen something many times and knows a lot about it)
to the untutored eye/ear/mind
▪ To the untutored ear, this music sounds as if it might have been written by Beethoven.
trained eye (=the difference is clear to someone who has developed skills to notice something)
▪ To the trained eye the difference between these flowers is obvious .
troubled face/eyes/look
visible to the naked eye (=able to be seen without using special equipment)
▪ The comet is now visible to the naked eye.
visible to/with the naked eye
▪ The mite is just visible to the naked eye.
wiped...eyes (=wiped the tears from his face)
▪ Bill wiped his eyes and apologized.
with a critical eye
▪ She looked round the room with a critical eye.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
big
▪ The children were hardly awake and watched Tess with big round eyes.
▪ She was cradling a baby in her dream, an infant with big brown eyes.
▪ She stared up into the big frightened eyes.
▪ The big eyes were green and clear under the magnificent maroon bonnet.
▪ Long red fingernails and white clown faces and big black eyes and short hair.
▪ She had big eyes, a lovely person.
▪ George has big round staring eyes.
▪ The thing that really struck me about her is how serious she was, how those big eyes soaked everything in.
black
▪ His black eyes bored into hers.
▪ The seventh card has one black eye and one white.
▪ He was well over six feet, his hair was black and his eyes gleamed amber from between luxuriant lashes.
▪ But it is also a terrible black eye to science.
▪ Two soulless black eyes from out of the crowd by the barrier were pinned to her face.
▪ Another option would be to remove the defence of reasonable chastisement in incidents that cause bruising or black eyes.
▪ On another player, the black eye might look tough.
blind
▪ But the police turn a blind eye to the lawbreaking.
▪ Generals, recognizing this, turned blind eyes to the excesses of their troops and were sure to provide camp followers.
▪ Honouring some one does not mean turning a blind eye to weakness.
▪ The government, when it was not actually participating, turned a blind eye.
▪ Naturally, father knew, but turned a blind eye.
▪ But these are small quibbles to which nature, judging by her endowment of the inn, casts a blind eye.
▪ Rugby, whose spectators are a fairly respectable lot, turns a blind eye to fighting on the field.
▪ Automakers say that in their zeal to promote airbags, regulators turned a blind eye to evidence of hazards.
blue
▪ Vivid blue eyes glittered in his tanned face.
▪ But at least Baby Wiggles and Giggles has moving limbs and pretty blue eyes.
▪ He looked at her with exasperation when she just gazed at him with wide deep blue eyes.
▪ The small blue eyes focused on Nanny Ogg.
▪ She cruised the bars, staring down men with light hair and blue eyes.
▪ Her brilliant blue eyes must have come from her father.
▪ Or to ensure blue eyes, long legs, good skin and Harvardbound smarts?
brown
▪ It had sat trembling in his hand, its brown eyes full of the same terror he saw now in Ann's.
▪ He was tall and prematurely bald, with a fringe of foxy red hair; his intense brown eyes looked honest.
▪ His skin was translucent with age and he had dark brown eyes like two deep pools.
▪ His dark brown eyes were still soft and unfocused, and his smooth head completely bald.
▪ His brown eyes seemed to be saying things again, things she wanted to hear him speak.
▪ His face was delicate, almost girlish, with long eyelashes and large brown eyes.
▪ He has thick black eyebrows, dark brown eyes, whitening sideburns and a pencil-thin mustache.
close
▪ Maybe the DOS-based Personal Finance Planner will help us keep a closer eye on those disappearing thousands.
▪ To be sure, investors should keep a close eye on indicators of problem loans, analysts said.
▪ Books may have to be held very close to the eyes.
▪ Republicans will keep a close eye on funding for education and training.
▪ You do need to keep a closer eye on suppliers when you're buying more equipment in a single purchase.
▪ Still, keep a close eye on those Netkids.
▪ I assure the Minister that we shall keep a close eye on these sales.
▪ Keep a close eye on the lamb as the amount of sugar on the jelly means the steaks will brown very quickly.
dark
▪ In the dark, the eye at once loses its importance-or so it might seem.
▪ His dark brown eyes were still soft and unfocused, and his smooth head completely bald.
▪ It made her face crease all over and her dark eyes twinkle.
▪ Mendl was a short, stocky fellow with a look of kindliness in his dark eyes.
▪ And I imagine these same dark eyes catching sight of the five chimneys of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
▪ She was memorable for her clear, round face and dark eyes.
▪ Her oval face with its large dark eyes and high forehead was set on a long, graceful neck.
▪ She sat as if on a throne: her dark eyes glowed.
green
▪ His green eyes were taking on a bluish tinge and hers were going green with so much exchanging of deep looks.
▪ She fixes her wickedly green eyes on me.
▪ Tall and fair, green eyes full of glimmers - and the laughing, the singing like ice down her back.
▪ They must have been the greenest eyes in Paris.
▪ The phenotypic effect of some particular gene might be, say, green eye colour.
▪ Wearing a green dress and green eye shadow, she was dark complexioned and looked exotic to me.
▪ A photograph of a fair girl with green eyes.
▪ Unidentified creatures paced about near their camp, and green eyes looked out on them from the bushes.
grey
▪ The grey eyes flicked over her again, and she felt that familiar tensing of her body.
▪ With a helpless sigh she stared into deep grey eyes that seemed to see too much.
▪ I smiled at her, and saw to my amazement the grey eyes fill with tears.
▪ Of indeterminate age, he had moist grey eyes set in a pale, thin face.
▪ Her grey eyes held his; his dark ones bored into her.
▪ Stared and stared - and her grey eyes seemed to grow larger and brighter.
▪ He talked to us kindly, his grey eyes dancing with amusement as he questioned us about our journey.
▪ Her grey eyes when she looked at me made me tremble.
human
▪ The human eye has an active role to play in the story.
▪ The world picture is distorted by being seen through human eyes.
▪ Through their photography Marcy and Muybridge opened up to vision things that the human eye could not perceive.
▪ There was the simplicity, death and its suggestion of permanence, that was almost too severe and stark for human eyes.
▪ Since the human eye moves horizontally with less fatigue than vertically, the cone of vision tends to be flattened.
▪ Together, these discoveries show how a series of many cumulative steps could create a human eye.
▪ Closer to, it looked like a statue, and perhaps not quite as human as the eye at first suggested.
▪ With its 10-inch mirror, the telescope gathers 1, 500 times as much light as the human eye.
naked
▪ He examined the pieces with the naked eye, then with his glass, while behind him Isobel held her breath.
▪ His knowledge is slim, transparent to the naked eye.
▪ Because the creatures of the plankton individually are small, they are not always visible to the naked eye.
▪ Today, poverty is still obvious to the naked eye.
▪ Very simple geometrical forms exist in nature out there but most of them are ordinarily invisible to the naked eye.
▪ To the naked eye it was a glorious spectacle; through the telescope, it was unbelievable.
▪ Some observers can see it with the naked eye under ideal conditions, though I certainly cannot.
▪ In coarse-grained rocks the minerals are large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
public
▪ Unlike Blanche, he enjoyed the cases he worked on being in the public eye.
▪ Instead she began a 57-year voyage almost continuously in the public eye.
▪ The controversy created by the research suddenly put Hector's dolphin firmly in the public eye.
▪ But her lack of experience at being in the public eye sometimes shows.
▪ Gilroy reminds us that black political protest in the streets and urban crime have very successfully become fused in the public eye.
▪ Recently, Mr Gore has appeared increasingly presidential in the public eye during the escalating budget talks.
▪ The real tragedy of Tony Bland is that he is in the public eye.
▪ Roy was also visionary in establishing links with depart-ment stores and other retailers to keep Disney merchandise in the public eye.
red
▪ With his pale, wrinkled face and his red, staring eyes, he looked like a devil out of hell.
▪ Phil belched loudly without any consciousness in his red eyes.
▪ It looked over its shoulder at her with twinkling red eyes.
▪ After the movie, I had to rush to a department-store makeup counter to doctor red eyes and tear stains.
▪ Stars faded against the waking red eyes of the streetlamps.
▪ His large head looked ancient with its thin white hair, grizzly beard, hooked nose, red eyes, leathery skin.
▪ She pecked our hands for food and glared at us with her red eyes.
▪ Everybody looked like a corpse, with black lips and red eyes, with faces a kind of leftover cooked-liver green.
watchful
▪ And now, as dawn broke, Driver Oliver kept a watchful eye on the slowly lightening coastline.
▪ Even in peace time, the government has always kept a watchful eye on U.S.
▪ Distressed by mindless vandalism that destroys trees and flowers they are keeping a watchful eye on plant life.
▪ Fifi and Manuel steal off for some private time from the watchful eyes of the extended family.
▪ There is a further constraint in that the Ministry of Defence will keep a watchful eye on any potential partner or owner.
▪ She booked them for clubs, special appearances, and kept a watchful eye on the money, and soon, Holly.
▪ When she started flying her parents asked me to keep a watchful eye on her.
▪ Amelia learned stunting under his watchful eye, to become competent in the air no matter what the conditions.
■ NOUN
contact
▪ Not to make eye contact with anyone in the audience.
▪ The auctioneer will make eye contact with the bidders, and often will identify the bidder by number or clothing.
▪ This ensures good eye contact which is very important in promoting mutual trust and confidence between members.
▪ Unlike radio, the anchor / readers do not have to be in eye contact with the control room.
▪ You have to force yourself to make adequate eye contact with the audience and to stand still.
▪ The back avoids eye contact and confrontation, but it may invite the surreptitious gaze.
▪ She had always associated eye contact with frankness; there was nothing frank about this man.
▪ They were seated and made little, if any, eye contact with the brothers or their lawyers.
■ VERB
avert
▪ I wish I had power, just power enough to avert my eyes.
▪ I avert my eyes and wish I were them.
▪ A big, flat coal barge was passing under the bridge and I averted my eyes from the sight of it.
▪ Sometimes Fate tiptoes discreetly at the margins of our lives, averting her eyes and keeping her distance.
▪ Resolutely she averted her eyes away from the sleeping figure.
▪ She was the only person who did not frighten me, the only thing I went toward without averting my eyes.
▪ The spotlight is shining briefly on this beautiful, blood-soaked country, and we should not avert our eyes.
▪ They avert their eyes when they pass her in the hall.
blink
▪ Caught off-guard, he blushed slightly, blinked his hazy blue eyes, and looked away in embarrassment.
▪ Geffin gave Metheny the go-ahead without blinking an eye.
▪ He kept blinking to clear his eyes and now he rubbed his nose.
▪ At first he thought it was merely the effect of looking too hard, and he blinked his eyes twice.
▪ You dared not blink an eye.
▪ Cranston tightened his lips, blinking his eyes furiously as he always did when the tears threatened to return.
▪ He was breathing hard, sweating, blinking his eyes clear.
cast
▪ I cast my eye over the front page of the Telegraph while Anne poured the coffee.
▪ Now, cast your eyes leftward along the monthly bond index to note that the bond market bottomed in November 1994.
▪ He cast a professional eye over the report.
▪ We walked a bit further, in silence, with Marvin casting his eyes upward at the thinning crowns.
▪ And of course Prince also casts his eye over rock too.
▪ She cast her eyes skywards, muttering soft curses.
▪ He cast his satirical eye over subjects from assassinations to riots.
▪ Gurder cast an apprehensive eye over his shoulder.
catch
▪ I glanced up under my eyebrows and caught Agrippa's eye.
▪ That's what caught my eye.
▪ Buy my ice cream catches the eye when it is accompanied by a picture of two good-looking people seducing each other.
▪ She caught Lee's eye and Lee felt an electric shock pass through her.
▪ But what really catches our eyes is the airplane wreckage higher up on the hill.
▪ Some nice points of detail - like contrasting expansion panels on pockets - catch the eye.
draw
▪ The table drew the eye like an altar.
▪ McMurphy drew eyes to him like a sideshow barker.
▪ It was a well-proportioned house, Lissa decided, the lines drawn with an unfailing eye for symmetry and beauty.
▪ Kip drew his eyes down from the luminous dark green peaks that ringed Long Tieng.
▪ Her eyes opened slowly as he drew back.
▪ Light moving air touched my face and drew my eyes to the south.
▪ The patches shown are drawn from five eyes from four female monkeys.
▪ It draws the eye to any double chin occupying space just above.
fix
▪ She fixed her eyes on the street in an attempt to calm herself.
▪ She fixed you with her eyes, and if you looked back at her, the room disappeared.
▪ She had found a gap in the blackout material and had fixed her eye to it.
▪ When Glover folded back the blanket her expression hardened, her face became the fixed eyes and mouth of a hawk.
▪ She fixed her burning eyes on the road ahead of her and tried to believe her own words.
▪ She couldn't turn round so she fixed her eyes on her two brothers on the altar.
▪ Mrs Stych fixed her button eyes upon the elegant figure of Mrs Frizzell and bowled purposefully across the lawn.
▪ She fixed her eyes on the jagged line of rocks to which she had to climb.
keep
▪ Mavis, keep an eye on things, will you, till I get back.
▪ Weather satellites kept their electronic eyes on her.
▪ There's a run-down on each team and we've picked out the players to keep an eye on.
▪ Always keeping an eye out in case of thieves.
▪ Are we keeping an eye on him?
▪ I would keep my eyes resolutely shut while he studied my face.
▪ Endill kept his eyes shut and held on with all his strength.
▪ She backed away from the big green car, all the while keeping her eyes on the man.
lift
▪ Without lifting his eyes from the book he was reading he groped with his hand to find it.
▪ Please, in the name of humanity, lift your eyes above the bottom line.
▪ When she lifted her eyes, she was blind.
▪ The old woman lifted her hooded eyes, looked at me, and went back to sleep.
▪ Ministers pride themselves on their attention to detail, but I ask them to lift their eyes and survey a broader picture.
▪ They lift their eyes to the darkened stained-glass windows and begin to sing.
▪ But not far away stand other hills to which I do not lift my eyes.
▪ Then everyone lifted their eyes toward the open water they could not see.
meet
▪ Nothing in the three villagers' long but sheltered past could have prepared them for the horrendous sight that met their eyes.
▪ Other devices in the plan suffer from the opposite affliction: There is less to them than meets the ear and eye.
▪ She met the youth's eyes.
▪ Critics of the new idea say there is a lot less there than meets the eye.
▪ She met Charles's eyes and looked away in case he could read her renewed longing for Keele.
▪ All the same, there was perhaps rather more to this matter than initially meets the eye.
▪ Ratagan did not seek to meet her eyes.
narrow
▪ The gardener narrowed long, grey-blue eyes and made never a move.
▪ Perfect for Miss Poole and bloody awful for everyone else, Heather thought, narrowing her eyes at the road ahead.
▪ Robyn twisted around quickly and cursed again, narrowing her eyes against the throbbing pain in her head.
▪ We narrow our eyes at him.
▪ She narrowed her eyes at Guido.
▪ Frankie narrowed his eyes and squinted at the bloody object lying between her powerful front paws.
▪ Elinor narrowed her eyes and swung her straight black hair out behind her like a scarf.
▪ Quiss narrowed his eyes at the pupil which seemed to be looking at him. indeed out of the corner of its eye.
open
▪ As soon as he opened his eyes the child remembered, and his heart soared.
▪ She opened her eyes and looked around the room again.
▪ The roar of waves woke her breaking over her persistently until she opened her eyes.
▪ Feel safely enclosed within your sphere of light. 11. Open your eyes.
▪ Marcia opened her eyes when Bethany returned, wearing the blue dress she had forgotten to tell her was pretty.
▪ He opened his eyes and regarded the ceiling.
▪ The snow goose opened its round yellow eyes and nibbled at it.
raise
▪ But he raised his eyes and then his head when the last one stood before him.
▪ Mavis raised her eyes to the mill and understood instantly the trap they were all in.
▪ As though he were telepathic, he raised his eyes to look at her.
▪ Billic Poe raised to him eyes in which he saw, or imagined he saw, a plea.
▪ As one, they raised their eyes to the ceiling.
▪ He raised his eyes and stared Ezra full in the face.
▪ It was as she raised her eyes again that Silvia suddenly caught sight of Guido.
▪ When he was about ten feet away he raised his eyes to the Prime Minister.
roll
▪ The nervous horse rolled its eyes white and flicked its ears towards the crackling sound of the muskets.
▪ He hunched his back, rolled his eyes and curled his fingers in an ecstasy of fear.
▪ Ask a silly question, Benny thought, and rolled her eyes.
▪ Noting the irony, Johnson just shook her head and rolled her eyes.
▪ Asked about differences with Mr Walesa, the prime minister merely rolls his eyes heavenwards.
▪ He works the crowd so long that the bodyguards hired by his attorney roll their eyes in exhaustion.
▪ He said nothing, simply rolling his eyes and dragging Frankenstein's crates from the phaeton.
▪ My older brother played Elvis music at his wedding, and my middle brother and I rolled our eyes.
rub
▪ Do not rub your eyes when preparing them.
▪ A child might not complain of itching, but she might be rubbing her eyes or nose repeatedly.
▪ Julia rubbed her eyes with a handkerchief and then went to retrieve her drink.
▪ He shut his sermon notebook, removed his glasses, and rubbed his eyes.
▪ Pursuivant rubbed his eyes and yawned.
▪ I rubbed my eyes to clear them, but the whiteness covered everything.
▪ He sat back, rubbing his eyes.
▪ He stopped the car and rubbed his eyes.
shut
▪ I feel dizzy, shut my eyes, squeeze.
▪ He smelt clean and I shut my eyes.
▪ He shut his eyes, held his nose like a kid about to take his medicine, and started to drink.
▪ She shut her eyes and breathed painfully.
▪ I saw who it was and shut my eyes, waiting to be embarrassed for him.
▪ Susan shut her eyes and saw through her monster's.
▪ I shut my eyes, extend my arms to their fullest, and take a deep breath.
turn
▪ He turned quickly, his eyes wide and anxious.
▪ Briefly, a vertical tube turned a blank glass eye on him and Ezra and the glass eye contemplated each other.
▪ He would prefer to turn a blind eye to the problem of asylum seekers around the world.
▪ This willfulness requirement, however, does not permit responsible people to turn a blind eye.
▪ The police usually turn a blind eye.
▪ Whichever way I turn my eyes, he cried, I see nothing to threaten Realism.
▪ And a nation turns its lonely eyes to Slash to save what looks like another Sunday, bloody Sunday.
watch
▪ He just watched, all eyes.
▪ He reaches to hug me, all the time watching my eyes.
▪ Converse watched Danskin close his eyes and breathe carefully.
▪ David watched with unblinking eyes as the figure pulled the curtains shut.
▪ Simon watched with slitted eyes as Tony paused at the edge of the street.
▪ Beryl was watching him with suspicious eyes.
▪ She watched herself wipe her eyes in the mirror over the dresser.
wipe
▪ I wiped my eyes and felt a bit better, knowing that Granny was taking my message with her to heaven.
▪ Omite wiped her eyes as she ate.
▪ They choked on the dirt gathered by the tempest, wiping it from their eyes as they ran.
▪ When I tried to get Chizuko to talk some more, she merely wiped her eyes and apologized for causing a scene.
▪ Sandoz was, by this time, wiping tears from his eyes and making terrible whining sounds.
▪ Lester bowed his head humbly, then with the back of his hand wiped his eyes.
▪ She wiped her eyes and let the clutch in.
▪ She was wiping at her eyes and sniffling.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(dark) circles under your eyes
a sight for sore eyes
▪ A visit to the Westonbirt Arboretum with its 13,000 trees and shrubs is always a sight for sore eyes.
▪ That'd be a sight for sore eyes with that one.
a twinkle in your eye
▪ Jake walked into the room with a twinkle in his eye.
▪ And Beth walked between them, a smile in her heart, and a twinkle in her eyes.
▪ But she saw a twinkle in his eyes, and her lips twitched.
▪ She had a pleasant disposition and always had a twinkle in her eyes.
▪ The ghost of a twinkle in her eye?
▪ There was a twinkle in his eye as he said dryly that the procedures needed to be looked into.
avert your eyes/gaze etc
▪ Art, it seems, is the perpetual recidivist, always ducking back into the aesthetic as soon as vigilant life averts its gaze.
▪ He stepped into the aisle, averting his eyes from the altar.
▪ I averted my eyes from her.
▪ I averted my gaze and felt uncomfortable.
▪ I wish I had power, just power enough to avert my eyes.
▪ In it the artist portrays a disheveled thirty-one-year-old Morisot averting her gaze from the viewer.
▪ Sometimes Fate tiptoes discreetly at the margins of our lives, averting her eyes and keeping her distance.
▪ They avert their eyes when they pass her in the hall.
away from prying eyes
▪ She is finally able to relax with friends, away from prying eyes.
▪ Until the key is used, the contents of the message are locked away from prying eyes.
bat your eyes/eyelashes
be the apple of sb's eye
▪ Ben was always the apple of his father's eye.
▪ He was the apple of her eye, the salt of her earth, the source of her strength - her everything.
▪ Lucy's son was the apple of her eye, work her raisond'être.
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
bedroom eyes
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
▪ Christie was there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 6:30 a.m.
bring tears to sb's eyes
▪ His dumb loyalty brought tears to my eyes.
▪ Just remembering it brings tears to my eyes 20 years later.
▪ The pain of the short trip brought tears to my eyes.
▪ The thought of his wasting all that training brought tears to my eyes.
▪ The tune moved through her mind and body, bringing tears to her eyes.
▪ The very word brings tears to your eyes.
▪ They brought tears to her eyes, but tears of pain soon welled up from an overwhelming sense of despair.
▪ This unexpected kindness brings tears to my eyes.
button nose/eyes
▪ Mrs Stych fixed her button eyes upon the elegant figure of Mrs Frizzell and bowled purposefully across the lawn.
▪ Reddish brown hair and bright, button eyes, and a shy, quivering look.
▪ There are hundreds of black button eyes and a thick nest of yarn for the hair.
can't believe your eyes/ears
▪ I couldn't believe my ears when she told me the cheapest flight was $1,100.
cast an eye on/over sth
▪ Since marrying her he hadn't cast an eye on anyone else.
▪ The professor shrugged, casting an eye over Davide's good jacket, to inform him that his information was unnecessary.
catch sb's eye
▪ All of a sudden, something red caught Barb's eye.
▪ I caught Ben's eye in the rear-view mirror and knew what he was thinking.
▪ I was walking through the market when a beautiful dress caught my eye.
▪ Wright caught the eye of filmmaker Spike Lee, who featured him in a jeans commercial.
clap eyes on sb/sth
▪ And that's another thing, none of us have clapped eyes on him.
▪ But before I clap eyes on his miserable face, I intend to down as many cups of sack as I can!
▪ Even so I was surprised to know that Louise has never clapped eyes on her.
▪ I need you so much at times that I wish, sincerely wish I'd never clapped eyes on you.
▪ Peter Moores impresses more with bat and gloves every time I clap eyes on him.
cock an ear/eye
▪ She cocked an eye at Léonie, grunted.
compound eye/leaf etc
▪ First, insects have compound eyes consisting of up to several thousand optical units called ommatidia, each with a single lens.
▪ Instead, it forms a huge domed shield on the front of which are two bean-shaped compound eyes.
▪ It forms the greater part of the brain and innervates the compound eyes and ocelli.
▪ That portion of the epicranium which lies immediately behind the frons and between the compound eyes is termed the vertex.
▪ The silverfish, for example, has compound eyes but others in the group are blind.
▪ There is not only one way, as is demonstrated by the compound eyes of arthropods.
deep-set/wide-set/close-set eyes
doe eyes
draw sb's eye (to sth)
▪ It draws the eye to any double chin occupying space just above.
▪ Kip drew his eyes down from the luminous dark green peaks that ringed Long Tieng.
▪ Light moving air touched my face and drew my eyes to the south.
▪ She lingered still beneath the rushlight, the mark on her finger drawing her eyes irresistibly.
▪ She was wearing - barley - another creating in cling silk, which drew any approving eyes.
▪ The patches shown are drawn from five eyes from four female monkeys.
▪ The shyness, the hesitancy, the gratitude, all spoke in that face which drew the eye and held it.
▪ The table drew the eye like an altar.
drop your eyes/gaze
▪ They dropped their eyes and pretended not to notice him.
▪ For no reason at all, she shivered and dropped her gaze.
▪ He blessed himself and dropped his eyes as the hearse passed.
▪ I drop my eyes in confusion.
▪ I dropped my eyes to my foot, straightened out the tongue, and stood up.
▪ She dropped her eyes back to the pile of letters.
▪ She looks up at him, holds his gaze for a second or two, then drops her eyes.
▪ We look at each other, and then, drop our gaze to hide our confusion.
eagle eye
▪ Count Trepolov also was keeping an eagle eye alternately on Lord Westbourne and his lady, not on savouries.
▪ For once, Beatrice's eagle eye failed to detect the tenderness in Timothy whenever he spoke to Topaz.
▪ He would have to keep an eagle eye out for Freddie though.
▪ I gave Leslie Brown her list back and wandered around under her eagle eye looking at the horses.
▪ Its pages were scanned with eagle eyes.
▪ Now Glover himself was as female as the next man, keeping an eagle eye on boys.
▪ Under Leonore's eagle eye he had examined the suddenly produced delivery note and made only a cursory inspection of the truck.
easy on the eye/ear
▪ I like jazz because it's usually easy on the ear.
▪ Above all, it should be as physically comfortable and relaxing as it is easy on the eye.
▪ And frankly, she's pretty easy on the eyes, too.
▪ Garda Garda is a charming old village that is very easy on the eye.
▪ It's all been a bit too easy on the ear and eye.
▪ It was vital that they should be prompt and professional as well as easy on the eye.
▪ Ken Russell's production is certainly easy on the eye, but fans are expecting a bit more than a well-turned ankle.
▪ The layout and print is easy on the eye and the revision passages for dictation becomes increasingly difficult as the book progresses.
▪ This exhibit, Without Sanctuary, is not easy on the eyes.
eye/ear etc drops
▪ And remember - if you're using eye drops for your hay fever, leave your contact lenses out.
▪ Both eye irritation and redness are helped with lubricating eye drops and eye ointments.
▪ Sterile eye drops can be purchased for this purpose.
▪ That was the other thing, it took me a long fight to get my eye drops.
▪ They also have literature on the correct use of things such as eye drops and inhalers.
▪ This has distinct advantages over using eye drops.
fasten your eyes/gaze on sb/sth
▪ Maggie fastened her eyes on him and tried to get control of her temper and her very stupidly lingering disappointment.
feast your eyes on sb/sth
▪ Just feast your eyes on the car's leather seats and walnut dashboard.
fix your attention/eyes/mind etc on sb/sth
▪ I gulped, and fixed my eyes on the blood-red pen on the desk.
▪ She fixed her eyes on Mr Hollins's face and waited for his answer.
▪ She fixed her eyes on the jagged line of rocks to which she had to climb.
▪ She fixed her eyes on the street in an attempt to calm herself.
▪ She couldn't turn round so she fixed her eyes on her two brothers on the altar.
gimlet-eyed/gimlet eyes
▪ I-Ie had gimlet eyes and a notably still, restrained manner.
give sb the glad eye
▪ And I won't have the Apostate scupper all my efforts by giving Rainbow the glad eye.
glazed look/eyes/expression etc
▪ But he still remembered the hidden yawns, the glazed looks and drooping eyelids.
▪ Has anyone noticed that Nicolas Cage has gotten a sort of stoned-out, glazed look to him of late?
▪ He did not acknowledge Conroy, but hurried on down with that glazed look of some one already encased in their next entrance.
▪ Instead, you held your head high and let a glazed look mask your eyes.
▪ The knock on the head alone could not account for the glazed look in her eyes.
▪ They had the distended bellies and glazed eyes of famine.
▪ With glazed eyes he was staring into the middle distance.
gouge sb's eyes out
▪ McLaren accused Roberts of trying to gouge his eyes out during the fight.
▪ I just wanted to gouge his eyes out.
half an eye/ear
▪ Allen kept half an eye on the path as he worked.
▪ Always half an ear, half a mind.
▪ Anyone with half an eye could see Susan's antagonism towards her.
▪ He has half an eye on where the gun went.
▪ He told me this and that, but I listened with only half an ear.
▪ Of course, no government with half an eye on re-election would ever legalise anything it didn't have to.
▪ She always had half an eye for him; sometimes I thought she watched him as a tamer does a tiger.
▪ With only half an ear for Grigoriev's response, Rostov stared across the room.
have a roving eye
have eyes like a hawk
have stars in your eyes
have/keep your beady eye(s) on sb/sth
heavy-lidded eyes
here's mud in your eye
hollow eyes/cheeks etc
▪ A well-shaped grey head leaned to peer at her out of concerned hollow eyes, whose colour she could not determine.
▪ Even with all this, the hollow cheeks, the scalp withered, you could still see how handsome Hugh had been.
▪ His hollow eyes have led you to expect something far more ruined.
▪ Its flame showed up her hollow cheeks, the haunted eyes.
▪ The hollow eyes on the pillow were filling with tears.
▪ White-faced, with a three-day-old beard, hollow cheeks and staring eyes, Sikes looked like a ghost.
in a pig's eye
in the blink of an eye
▪ A full volley will rip through the toughest regiment causing immense casualties in the blink of an eye.
▪ He went from frozen stillness to liquid and menacing movement in the blink of an eye.
▪ He would be up and after them in the blink of an eye.
▪ How often does it lose a week's work in the blink of an eye?
▪ I had read somewhere that all the greatest discoveries had been made in the blink of an eye.
▪ It was the uncertainty, the thought that all my happiness could be smashed in the blink of an eye.
in the twinkling of an eye
▪ But in the supernatural universe the Great Battle was won in the twinkling of an eye.
▪ But stop pushing me, stop expecting me to change in the twinkling of an eye.
in your mind's eye
▪ I can't remember her name, but I can clearly see her in my mind's eye.
keep a sharp eye on sb
▪ Security guards kept a sharp eye on Mattson as he walked through the store.
▪ As a teen-ager, I kept a sharp eye on who was winning the prizes I wanted: Honor Roll.
▪ I keep a sharp eye on him.
keep a weather eye on sth
▪ Both, for different reasons, kept weather eyes on the cloning work.
▪ They dabble in composites, and keep a weather eye on the developments made by the small specialists.
▪ This lets you keep a weather eye on your finances.
keep your eyes/ears open
▪ All of you - walk around Pentonville and keep your ears open.
▪ By then keeping her eyes open was less of an effort.
▪ Go back to bed only when you can no longer keep your eyes Open.
▪ Remembering his duty, he strode briskly up the stairs, keeping his eyes open for any suspicious signs.
▪ Swing the boat south, keep her eyes open.
▪ The basic rules of self-defence are quite simple: keep your eyes open and you can usually avoid trouble.
▪ The daily firings produced by the withering economy offered loopholes of opportunity for a young man who kept his eyes open.
▪ You know how to keep your eyes open and your mouth shut.
lead the eye
▪ More thick dry stone arches connect the two ruins and lead the eye into a singular landscape.
▪ The lawn itself has been built up from strong flowing curves and these naturally lead the eye away from those rectangular boundaries.
look sb in the eye
▪ He looked Lucien in the eyes only once.
▪ He doesn't look you in the eyes when he talks; he answers quietly with head bowed.
▪ He tried to look me in the eye, Say I didn't look a day older.
▪ I don't see why I shouldn't look people in the eye.
▪ My friend puts down her fork and looks me in the eye.
▪ Next day everybody had trouble looking Rick in the eye.
▪ Nice firm handshake, look her in the eye.
lower your eyes/head
▪ A nurse took her arm and led her to a chair, commanding her to lower her head.
▪ Gao Yang lowered his head, sending drops of cooled sweat sliding Jown the tree to the ground.
▪ He lowered his head on to the table; the marble felt fresh in contact with his flushed skin.
▪ It made a small noise in its nostrils, then lowered its head slightly, as if bowing to her.
▪ Kathleen Lavender lowered her head, in tears of distress.
▪ The horse must be taught to lower his head and find balance on his hocks.
▪ When Ray finished, he passed the microphone and lowered his head.
▪ When we meet, she lowers her head and scoots by, but I can see the tears in her eyes.
make sheep's eyes at sb
meet sb's eye(s)/gaze/glance etc
▪ It was hard to meet his eyes for long, and she looked away.
▪ Nothing in the three villagers' long but sheltered past could have prepared them for the horrendous sight that met their eyes.
▪ On occasion, she would meet Ted's eyes, and he would wink, and nod his head encouragingly.
▪ She met Charles's eyes and looked away in case he could read her renewed longing for Keele.
▪ She met his eyes without flinching, a mutinous sparkle enlivening the depths of her own grey gaze.
▪ They meet the eyes of others.
▪ This is an interesting question and there is probably more to it than meets the eye.
meet your eyes
▪ Firm fingers turned her head round, and helplessly she met his eyes.
▪ He dared not meet her eye.
▪ I prompted gently, meeting his eyes.
▪ Nothing in the three villagers' long but sheltered past could have prepared them for the horrendous sight that met their eyes.
▪ She met his eyes, and there was a fire burning there.
▪ The sight that met his eyes sent a spasm of horror through him.
not a dry eye in the house
▪ There wasn't by a dry eye in the house after Marvin finished his graduation speech.
not bat an eye/eyelid
▪ He used to tell the worst lies without batting an eye.
open sb's eyes (to sth)
▪ His speech really opened my eyes to the way big corporations operate.
▪ He opened his eyes to make the words stop.
▪ His voice sounded oddly strangled, and she opened her eyes to find his face unexpectedly close to hers.
▪ I opened my eyes into a black web.
▪ I gave a little meow to get his attention and he opened his eyes.
▪ Jim opened his eyes and looked at Karen.
▪ Soon he could not move or speak, or open his eyes.
▪ When he opened his eyes again he was staring at a pinkish whirlpool running into the drain.
▪ When I opened my eyes, I looked out to the stake and saw his ball fall right near it again.
our/their eyes meet
▪ Their eyes met across the crowded room.
▪ As the woman searched for a seat, their eyes met and held.
▪ As their eyes met, Quinn suddenly felt that Stillman had become invisible.
▪ But when our eyes meet, the invisible daggers fly.
▪ In between times he looked out the window or stared at me, smiling when our eyes met.
▪ The family could hear her swift heavy steps, up there, and did not let their eyes meet.
▪ Then their eyes met and it was not about money.
▪ When their eyes meet she envisions the fulfillment of her dream of marrying a man with aristocratic connections not from Middlemarch.
penetrating look/eyes/gaze etc
▪ Although most people would have stared at his nose Adam was more struck by his penetrating eyes.
▪ He was from Fukien province, was missionary-trained, and had bright, penetrating eyes.
▪ Matron was equally dignified, with a towering cap of white linen and a penetrating gaze.
▪ Nomatterwhat she did to distract herself, his dark penetrating eyes lingered in her memory as though they'd been branded there.
▪ Take a long hard, and penetrating look into the way you handle your life and the pattern of your partnerships in general.
▪ The woman scrutinized me from across the office, holding her penetrating gaze as I walked toward her.
▪ They were the blackest, brightest, most penetrating eyes I ever saw....
piggy eyes
▪ The bear suddenly stopped eating and glared at the knight, its small, piggy eyes red with hatred.
▪ Three pairs of little piggy eyes darted nervously round the garden.
pull the wool over sb's eyes
▪ Don't try and pull the wool over my eyes - I can tell you've been smoking.
▪ The politicians are just trying to pull the wool over voters' eyes again.
▪ But it's not easy to pull the wool over our eyes.
▪ He found out we had been pulling the wool over his eyes for quite some time.
▪ The only conclusion a consumer can reach is that Microsoft managed to pull the wool over the eyes of millions of users.
▪ There are people who can pull the wool over peoples' eyes.
▪ You can't pull the wool over my eyes like that.
▪ You can not pull the wool over Hooper's eyes.
rest your feet/legs/eyes etc
▪ Fit in periods away from people, giving yourself the opportunity to renew your energy and rest your eyes.
▪ He rested his eyes on her, very conscious of the smooth skin and her flowery perfume.
▪ I took off my shoes and rested my feet on her thighs as she massaged them.
▪ In fact I was having trouble finding a place to rest my eyes.
▪ Should children with defective vision be resting their eyes?
▪ Slinging his mac over the back of a pew he sat down and rested his feet on the one in front.
run your eyes over/along etc sth
▪ The customs officers run their eyes over us as if we weren't there.
sb would give their eye teeth for sth
sb's eyes are out on stalks
sb's eyes popped (out of their head)
sb's eyes/gaze settles on sb/sth
sb's eyes/gaze/glance fall(s) on sth
▪ A fierce, terrified elation raced through her veins as her eyes fell on the knife only an inch away from her hand.
▪ As he scanned the room for potential defenders his eyes fell on Father Ed Dougherty.
▪ Does the gaze fall on the impaired body or on social barriers?
▪ He greeted her, his eyes falling on her again for an instant and then skittering away.
▪ He helped me shift the tea-chests and his eyes fell on your clothes as though dazed in a perfumed garden.
▪ Its huge eyes fell on the scrap of paper on the floor.
▪ Looking around, his glance fell on the twigs scattered on the ground where Cassowary had thrown them.
▪ My eyes fell on the bed and to my horror something began slowly to stir under the blanket.
sb's life flashes before their eyes
screw up your eyes/face
▪ Blake screwed up his eyes, trying to peer through the fog.
▪ He screwed up his eyes against the light and Jurnet saw the gipsy in him.
▪ He screwed up his eyes and put his hands over his ears.
▪ He screwed up his face as the hot water from the kitchen tap scalded his hand.
▪ He screwed up his face at the appalling stench but made no move to draw back.
▪ She screwed up her face and whispered: you're so revoltingly fat you disgusting baboon.
scrunch up your face/eyes
▪ They scrunch up their faces, peering into the haze.
see eye to eye
▪ Lifland and his wife don't always see eye to eye.
▪ And if he didn't do that she couldn't possibly see how they would ever see eye to eye.
▪ Bishops were again brought in to arbitrate; but they did not see eye to eye.
▪ But then those two don't see eye to eye about anything these days.
▪ I don't see eye to eye with Tod on all issues.
▪ My wife and I could never see eye to eye on the business of living.
▪ Relationships were just too difficult, the sexes would never see eye to eye, it was all too much bother.
▪ We'd never see eye to eye - remember how affronted I was by Gerald Scaife's stuff?
see sth out of the corner of your eye
▪ Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man running out of the store.
see sth through sb's eyes
▪ We have come to see it through the eyes of the people who take part in it.
shadows under your eyes
▪ Duhamel's face was white; the shadows under his eyes seemed to deepen.
▪ Even with the blinds down, she could see the dark shadows under her eyes.
▪ He noted the shadows under her eyes.
▪ How fresh she looked every morning, despite the slight shadows under her eyes which denoted not much sleep.
▪ Mr Stead was middle-aged and paunchy, with deep shadows under his eyes and square rimless glasses.
▪ On Monday morning Sam came to class events with dark shadows under his eyes, looking ten years older over a weekend.
▪ One day she came to history class with dark shadows under her eyes.
▪ She still looked pale, with deep shadows under her eyes.
shut your eyes/ears to sth
▪ We must not shut our ears to the voices of suffering people.
▪ Claudia sank down on to her bed and tried to shut her ears to the sound of him in the next room.
▪ Rincewind tried to shut his ears to the grating voice beside him.
▪ She shut her eyes against it all; shut her eyes to open them again on to the harmless horizon.
▪ She shut her eyes to shut everything out.
▪ She heard the boys hurling abuse at her, shouting to her to stop, but she shut her ears to them.
▪ Sometimes she even managed to shut her ears to the arguments going on around her.
▪ They could not shut their eyes to the ugly and degrading side of wine-drinking and see only the delightful side.
squeeze your eyes shut
▪ He squeezed his eyes shut and swore silently to give himself courage.
▪ Isabel squeezed her eyes shut for a second.
▪ Just in case, he also crossed his legs and squeezed his eyes shut.
▪ She squeezed her eyes shut and clenched her fists tight.
▪ She squeezed her eyes shut tightly, feeling the sting of tears behind her eyelids.
▪ Shiona gripped the steering-wheel and squeezed her eyes shut and slowly counted up to ten.
▪ The boy squeezed his eyes shut and stopped moving.
▪ With a groan she squeezed her eyes shut.
sth is a gleam in sb's eye
sunken cheeks/eyes etc
▪ Black sunken eyes like dried figs.
▪ Fitzosbert's sunken cheeks were liberally rouged and this made his bulbous grey eyes seem even more fish-like.
▪ No bulging rib cages, no collar bones out to here, no sunken eyes or bizarre hipbone bulges.
▪ The flesh had melted from her and she stared at the wall apathetically from sunken eyes.
▪ The grey skin; the red-rimmed eyes; the sunken cheeks.
take the red eye
tears spring to/into sb's eyes
▪ Joy went crimson and tears sprang into her eyes.
▪ With that avowal, tears sprang to her eyes, leaving Farini nonplussed.
the London Eye
the evil eye
▪ It can nullify the evil eye.
▪ Looking at him, I can see why the ignorant give credence to the Evil Eye.
▪ She brushes her teeth with fluoride, but spits to deter the Evil Eye.
▪ They avoided our glances as if we might bestow the evil eye.
the green-eyed monster
the naked eye
▪ At the same time, they became the first men to see the reverse side of the Moon with the naked eye.
▪ He examined the pieces with the naked eye, then with his glass, while behind him Isobel held her breath.
▪ Technical problems To the naked eye the brain has a disturbingly homogeneous appearance.
▪ The magnification is usually at least thirty times greater than what is normally seen with the naked eye.
▪ There are even several, in addition to the Pleiades, which can be seen with the naked eye.
▪ To the naked eye, the bolts looked just like the others that protruded from other footings around the site.
▪ Today, poverty is still obvious to the naked eye.
▪ What looked like individual lights to the naked eye actually split into two under the resolving power of the telescope.
the public eye
the scales fell from sb's eyes
▪ It's high time the scales fell from our eyes, and our bathrooms.
there's more to sb/sth than meets the eye
▪ "I didn't know he wrote poetry." "Yes -- he also does painting. There's more to him than meets the eye."
▪ It looks like a simple case of burglary, but there may be more to it than meets the eye.
▪ People think of Bradford as a dull industrial city, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
to the untrained eye/ear
▪ But he knew what he was looking at, though to the untrained eye it was just a pile of minuscule fragments.
turn a blind eye (to sth)
▪ Many landlords turn a blind eye to the fact that two families are sharing apartments.
▪ Automakers say that in their zeal to promote airbags, regulators turned a blind eye to evidence of hazards.
▪ But the police turn a blind eye to the lawbreaking.
▪ Directors know this is going on and turn a blind eye.
▪ He would prefer to turn a blind eye to the problem of asylum seekers around the world.
▪ Rugby, whose spectators are a fairly respectable lot, turns a blind eye to fighting on the field.
▪ The best the authorities could do was turn a blind eye.
▪ The staff knew what was going on but they turned a blind eye.
▪ They just had to put up with it and turn a blind eye.
under sb's watchful eye
▪ Although its voluntary recruits diminished, the order had managed to limp on for nearly two centuries under Ixmarity's watchful eye.
▪ Amelia learned stunting under his watchful eye, to become competent in the air no matter what the conditions.
▪ No such extravagance here, as under the watchful eye of Asquith, he launched into some of his best known songs.
▪ She felt absolutely helpless and extremely vulnerable standing completely unclothed under his watchful eyes.
▪ The second best is under the watchful eye or with the help of a relative.
▪ Thwarted, he then embraced her stiffly before taking the baby in his arms under the watchful eye of his wife.
▪ Today, the Reichardt duck farm is run under the watchful eye of Jim Reichardt, great grandson of the original founder.
▪ Voice over Back at the Young Telegraph, their final copy is put together under the watchful eye of a full-time reporter.
your eyes water
▪ An icy wind blew into my face, making my eyes water.
▪ Jo's eyes were watering from the smoke that filled the room.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Close your eyes and go to sleep.
▪ Elika has green eyes.
▪ Her eyes were bright with happiness.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A cloak concealed his body from prying eyes.
▪ Before our eyes the land is literally being ripped apart.
▪ Lambs' eyes and bulls' bollocks for dinner.
▪ Like zucchini, there are only so many you can give away before friends, neighbors and co-workers avoid eye contact.
▪ Luckily, Janice had already glanced away, her eyes circling with interest the splendid sitting-room.
▪ She had a lovely pale oval madonna face with blue eyes and her hair was light-brown.
▪ The grey eyes met mine for the fraction of a moment, then she faced the King.
▪ Their blue eyes seemed so un-human, and he wondered how they could see out of them.
II.verb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(dark) circles under your eyes
a sight for sore eyes
▪ A visit to the Westonbirt Arboretum with its 13,000 trees and shrubs is always a sight for sore eyes.
▪ That'd be a sight for sore eyes with that one.
a twinkle in your eye
▪ Jake walked into the room with a twinkle in his eye.
▪ And Beth walked between them, a smile in her heart, and a twinkle in her eyes.
▪ But she saw a twinkle in his eyes, and her lips twitched.
▪ She had a pleasant disposition and always had a twinkle in her eyes.
▪ The ghost of a twinkle in her eye?
▪ There was a twinkle in his eye as he said dryly that the procedures needed to be looked into.
be the apple of sb's eye
▪ Ben was always the apple of his father's eye.
▪ He was the apple of her eye, the salt of her earth, the source of her strength - her everything.
▪ Lucy's son was the apple of her eye, work her raisond'être.
beauty is in the eye of the beholder
bedroom eyes
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
▪ Christie was there, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, at 6:30 a.m.
button nose/eyes
▪ Mrs Stych fixed her button eyes upon the elegant figure of Mrs Frizzell and bowled purposefully across the lawn.
▪ Reddish brown hair and bright, button eyes, and a shy, quivering look.
▪ There are hundreds of black button eyes and a thick nest of yarn for the hair.
compound eye/leaf etc
▪ First, insects have compound eyes consisting of up to several thousand optical units called ommatidia, each with a single lens.
▪ Instead, it forms a huge domed shield on the front of which are two bean-shaped compound eyes.
▪ It forms the greater part of the brain and innervates the compound eyes and ocelli.
▪ That portion of the epicranium which lies immediately behind the frons and between the compound eyes is termed the vertex.
▪ The silverfish, for example, has compound eyes but others in the group are blind.
▪ There is not only one way, as is demonstrated by the compound eyes of arthropods.
deep-set/wide-set/close-set eyes
doe eyes
eagle eye
▪ Count Trepolov also was keeping an eagle eye alternately on Lord Westbourne and his lady, not on savouries.
▪ For once, Beatrice's eagle eye failed to detect the tenderness in Timothy whenever he spoke to Topaz.
▪ He would have to keep an eagle eye out for Freddie though.
▪ I gave Leslie Brown her list back and wandered around under her eagle eye looking at the horses.
▪ Its pages were scanned with eagle eyes.
▪ Now Glover himself was as female as the next man, keeping an eagle eye on boys.
▪ Under Leonore's eagle eye he had examined the suddenly produced delivery note and made only a cursory inspection of the truck.
easy on the eye/ear
▪ I like jazz because it's usually easy on the ear.
▪ Above all, it should be as physically comfortable and relaxing as it is easy on the eye.
▪ And frankly, she's pretty easy on the eyes, too.
▪ Garda Garda is a charming old village that is very easy on the eye.
▪ It's all been a bit too easy on the ear and eye.
▪ It was vital that they should be prompt and professional as well as easy on the eye.
▪ Ken Russell's production is certainly easy on the eye, but fans are expecting a bit more than a well-turned ankle.
▪ The layout and print is easy on the eye and the revision passages for dictation becomes increasingly difficult as the book progresses.
▪ This exhibit, Without Sanctuary, is not easy on the eyes.
eye/ear etc drops
▪ And remember - if you're using eye drops for your hay fever, leave your contact lenses out.
▪ Both eye irritation and redness are helped with lubricating eye drops and eye ointments.
▪ Sterile eye drops can be purchased for this purpose.
▪ That was the other thing, it took me a long fight to get my eye drops.
▪ They also have literature on the correct use of things such as eye drops and inhalers.
▪ This has distinct advantages over using eye drops.
gimlet-eyed/gimlet eyes
▪ I-Ie had gimlet eyes and a notably still, restrained manner.
give sb the glad eye
▪ And I won't have the Apostate scupper all my efforts by giving Rainbow the glad eye.
glazed look/eyes/expression etc
▪ But he still remembered the hidden yawns, the glazed looks and drooping eyelids.
▪ Has anyone noticed that Nicolas Cage has gotten a sort of stoned-out, glazed look to him of late?
▪ He did not acknowledge Conroy, but hurried on down with that glazed look of some one already encased in their next entrance.
▪ Instead, you held your head high and let a glazed look mask your eyes.
▪ The knock on the head alone could not account for the glazed look in her eyes.
▪ They had the distended bellies and glazed eyes of famine.
▪ With glazed eyes he was staring into the middle distance.
half an eye/ear
▪ Allen kept half an eye on the path as he worked.
▪ Always half an ear, half a mind.
▪ Anyone with half an eye could see Susan's antagonism towards her.
▪ He has half an eye on where the gun went.
▪ He told me this and that, but I listened with only half an ear.
▪ Of course, no government with half an eye on re-election would ever legalise anything it didn't have to.
▪ She always had half an eye for him; sometimes I thought she watched him as a tamer does a tiger.
▪ With only half an ear for Grigoriev's response, Rostov stared across the room.
have eyes like a hawk
have stars in your eyes
have/keep your beady eye(s) on sb/sth
heavy-lidded eyes
here's mud in your eye
hollow eyes/cheeks etc
▪ A well-shaped grey head leaned to peer at her out of concerned hollow eyes, whose colour she could not determine.
▪ Even with all this, the hollow cheeks, the scalp withered, you could still see how handsome Hugh had been.
▪ His hollow eyes have led you to expect something far more ruined.
▪ Its flame showed up her hollow cheeks, the haunted eyes.
▪ The hollow eyes on the pillow were filling with tears.
▪ White-faced, with a three-day-old beard, hollow cheeks and staring eyes, Sikes looked like a ghost.
in a pig's eye
in the blink of an eye
▪ A full volley will rip through the toughest regiment causing immense casualties in the blink of an eye.
▪ He went from frozen stillness to liquid and menacing movement in the blink of an eye.
▪ He would be up and after them in the blink of an eye.
▪ How often does it lose a week's work in the blink of an eye?
▪ I had read somewhere that all the greatest discoveries had been made in the blink of an eye.
▪ It was the uncertainty, the thought that all my happiness could be smashed in the blink of an eye.
in the twinkling of an eye
▪ But in the supernatural universe the Great Battle was won in the twinkling of an eye.
▪ But stop pushing me, stop expecting me to change in the twinkling of an eye.
in your mind's eye
▪ I can't remember her name, but I can clearly see her in my mind's eye.
keep a sharp eye on sb
▪ Security guards kept a sharp eye on Mattson as he walked through the store.
▪ As a teen-ager, I kept a sharp eye on who was winning the prizes I wanted: Honor Roll.
▪ I keep a sharp eye on him.
keep a weather eye on sth
▪ Both, for different reasons, kept weather eyes on the cloning work.
▪ They dabble in composites, and keep a weather eye on the developments made by the small specialists.
▪ This lets you keep a weather eye on your finances.
keep your eyes/ears open
▪ All of you - walk around Pentonville and keep your ears open.
▪ By then keeping her eyes open was less of an effort.
▪ Go back to bed only when you can no longer keep your eyes Open.
▪ Remembering his duty, he strode briskly up the stairs, keeping his eyes open for any suspicious signs.
▪ Swing the boat south, keep her eyes open.
▪ The basic rules of self-defence are quite simple: keep your eyes open and you can usually avoid trouble.
▪ The daily firings produced by the withering economy offered loopholes of opportunity for a young man who kept his eyes open.
▪ You know how to keep your eyes open and your mouth shut.
make sheep's eyes at sb
not a dry eye in the house
▪ There wasn't by a dry eye in the house after Marvin finished his graduation speech.
penetrating look/eyes/gaze etc
▪ Although most people would have stared at his nose Adam was more struck by his penetrating eyes.
▪ He was from Fukien province, was missionary-trained, and had bright, penetrating eyes.
▪ Matron was equally dignified, with a towering cap of white linen and a penetrating gaze.
▪ Nomatterwhat she did to distract herself, his dark penetrating eyes lingered in her memory as though they'd been branded there.
▪ Take a long hard, and penetrating look into the way you handle your life and the pattern of your partnerships in general.
▪ The woman scrutinized me from across the office, holding her penetrating gaze as I walked toward her.
▪ They were the blackest, brightest, most penetrating eyes I ever saw....
piggy eyes
▪ The bear suddenly stopped eating and glared at the knight, its small, piggy eyes red with hatred.
▪ Three pairs of little piggy eyes darted nervously round the garden.
pull the wool over sb's eyes
▪ Don't try and pull the wool over my eyes - I can tell you've been smoking.
▪ The politicians are just trying to pull the wool over voters' eyes again.
▪ But it's not easy to pull the wool over our eyes.
▪ He found out we had been pulling the wool over his eyes for quite some time.
▪ The only conclusion a consumer can reach is that Microsoft managed to pull the wool over the eyes of millions of users.
▪ There are people who can pull the wool over peoples' eyes.
▪ You can't pull the wool over my eyes like that.
▪ You can not pull the wool over Hooper's eyes.
sb would give their eye teeth for sth
sb's eyes are out on stalks
see sth out of the corner of your eye
▪ Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a man running out of the store.
shadows under your eyes
▪ Duhamel's face was white; the shadows under his eyes seemed to deepen.
▪ Even with the blinds down, she could see the dark shadows under her eyes.
▪ He noted the shadows under her eyes.
▪ How fresh she looked every morning, despite the slight shadows under her eyes which denoted not much sleep.
▪ Mr Stead was middle-aged and paunchy, with deep shadows under his eyes and square rimless glasses.
▪ On Monday morning Sam came to class events with dark shadows under his eyes, looking ten years older over a weekend.
▪ One day she came to history class with dark shadows under her eyes.
▪ She still looked pale, with deep shadows under her eyes.
sth is a gleam in sb's eye
sunken cheeks/eyes etc
▪ Black sunken eyes like dried figs.
▪ Fitzosbert's sunken cheeks were liberally rouged and this made his bulbous grey eyes seem even more fish-like.
▪ No bulging rib cages, no collar bones out to here, no sunken eyes or bizarre hipbone bulges.
▪ The flesh had melted from her and she stared at the wall apathetically from sunken eyes.
▪ The grey skin; the red-rimmed eyes; the sunken cheeks.
take the red eye
the London Eye
the evil eye
▪ It can nullify the evil eye.
▪ Looking at him, I can see why the ignorant give credence to the Evil Eye.
▪ She brushes her teeth with fluoride, but spits to deter the Evil Eye.
▪ They avoided our glances as if we might bestow the evil eye.
the green-eyed monster
the naked eye
▪ At the same time, they became the first men to see the reverse side of the Moon with the naked eye.
▪ He examined the pieces with the naked eye, then with his glass, while behind him Isobel held her breath.
▪ Technical problems To the naked eye the brain has a disturbingly homogeneous appearance.
▪ The magnification is usually at least thirty times greater than what is normally seen with the naked eye.
▪ There are even several, in addition to the Pleiades, which can be seen with the naked eye.
▪ To the naked eye, the bolts looked just like the others that protruded from other footings around the site.
▪ Today, poverty is still obvious to the naked eye.
▪ What looked like individual lights to the naked eye actually split into two under the resolving power of the telescope.
the public eye
the scales fell from sb's eyes
▪ It's high time the scales fell from our eyes, and our bathrooms.
to the untrained eye/ear
▪ But he knew what he was looking at, though to the untrained eye it was just a pile of minuscule fragments.
turn a blind eye (to sth)
▪ Many landlords turn a blind eye to the fact that two families are sharing apartments.
▪ Automakers say that in their zeal to promote airbags, regulators turned a blind eye to evidence of hazards.
▪ But the police turn a blind eye to the lawbreaking.
▪ Directors know this is going on and turn a blind eye.
▪ He would prefer to turn a blind eye to the problem of asylum seekers around the world.
▪ Rugby, whose spectators are a fairly respectable lot, turns a blind eye to fighting on the field.
▪ The best the authorities could do was turn a blind eye.
▪ The staff knew what was going on but they turned a blind eye.
▪ They just had to put up with it and turn a blind eye.
under sb's watchful eye
▪ Although its voluntary recruits diminished, the order had managed to limp on for nearly two centuries under Ixmarity's watchful eye.
▪ Amelia learned stunting under his watchful eye, to become competent in the air no matter what the conditions.
▪ No such extravagance here, as under the watchful eye of Asquith, he launched into some of his best known songs.
▪ She felt absolutely helpless and extremely vulnerable standing completely unclothed under his watchful eyes.
▪ The second best is under the watchful eye or with the help of a relative.
▪ Thwarted, he then embraced her stiffly before taking the baby in his arms under the watchful eye of his wife.
▪ Today, the Reichardt duck farm is run under the watchful eye of Jim Reichardt, great grandson of the original founder.
▪ Voice over Back at the Young Telegraph, their final copy is put together under the watchful eye of a full-time reporter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Mavis eyed the old sewing machine. "Does this still work?" she asked.
▪ The dog sat there eyeing my sandwich as I ate.
▪ The two teams eyed each other warily, waiting for the game to begin.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He eyes you suspiciously before going back to sorting cards.
▪ You eye the pepper mill, pause and pick the tablecloth.
Wikipedia

Eye (disambiguation)

An eye is an organ of vision.

Eye, The Eye or EYE may also refer to:

Eye

Eyes are organs of the visual system. They provide organisms vision, the ability to process visual detail, as well as enabling several photo response functions that are independent of vision. Eyes detect light and convert it into electro-chemical impulses in neurons. In higher organisms, the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a diaphragm, focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form an image, converts this image into a set of electrical signals, and transmits these signals to the brain through complex neural pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain. Eyes with resolving power have come in ten fundamentally different forms, and 96% of animal species possess a complex optical system. Image-resolving eyes are present in molluscs, chordates and arthropods.

The simplest "eyes", such as those in microorganisms, do nothing but detect whether the surroundings are light or dark, which is sufficient for the entrainment of circadian rhythms. From more complex eyes, retinal photosensitive ganglion cells send signals along the retinohypothalamic tract to the suprachiasmatic nuclei to effect circadian adjustment and to the pretectal area to control the pupillary light reflex.

Eye (magazine)

''For the Toronto-based weekly see Eye Weekly.'' Eye magazine, the international review of graphic design, is a quarterly print magazine on graphic design and visual culture.

Eye (short story collection)

Eye (1985) is a collection of thirteen short stories written by science fiction author Frank Herbert. All of the works had been previously published in magazine or book form, except for "The Road to Dune."

Eye (journal)

Eye is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal covering ophthalmology. It was established in 1881 as the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Societies of the United Kingdom, obtaining its current name in 1987. It is published by Nature Publishing Group and is the official journal of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The editor-in-chief is Andrew Lotery ( University of Southampton). According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 2.082.

Eye (UK Parliament constituency)

Eye was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected two Members of Parliament (MPs) by the bloc vote system of election. The Reform Act 1832 reduced its representation to one MP, elected by the first past the post system.

The parliamentary borough of Eye was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, and replaced with a new county division of the same name, which lasted until 1983 when most of it became part of the Central Suffolk constituency. Its main claim to fame was that it was the smallest town to have a parliamentary constituency named after it as the town of Eye had only approximately 1500 voters in 1981. It had been a Liberal seat until 1950 after which it became a safe Conservative seat.

Eye (cyclone)

The eye is a region of mostly calm weather at the center of strong tropical cyclones. The eye of a storm is a roughly circular area, typically 30–65 km (20–40 miles) in diameter. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather occurs. The cyclone's lowest barometric pressure occurs in the eye and can be as much as 15 percent lower than the pressure outside the storm.

In strong tropical cyclones, the eye is characterized by light winds and clear skies, surrounded on all sides by a towering, symmetric eyewall. In weaker tropical cyclones, the eye is less well defined and can be covered by the central dense overcast, an area of high, thick clouds that show up brightly on satellite imagery. Weaker or disorganized storms may also feature an eyewall that does not completely encircle the eye or have an eye that features heavy rain. In all storms, however, the eye is the location of the storm's minimum barometric pressure - the area where the atmospheric pressure at sea level is the lowest.

Eye (song)

"Eye" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in 1996 on the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway. Along with the song " The End Is the Beginning Is the End" from Batman & Robin and "Christmastime" from A Very Special Christmas 3, "Eye" represented a period of work on compilations done by the Pumpkins in between the release of the two albums Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Adore. It also appeared on their greatest hits collection Rotten Apples.

Eye (album)

Eye is the ninth album released by Robyn Hitchcock in 1990 on Glass Fish (UK) and Twin/Tone Records (US) and is his fourth solo album, and eighth studio album including his work with The Egyptians. (This solo effort interrupted a series of releases by Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians for A&M.)

Eye was recorded acoustically in the style of I Often Dream Of Trains (1984) with which it shares a similar green/gold sleeve design, and could therefore be seen as a sequel piece. Eye is entirely self-composed and ran to fourteen songs (vinyl) and eighteen (CD). Hitchcock plays all instruments (mostly guitars), and sings all the vocals.

Eye was reissued in 1995 by Rhino and added the tracks "Raining Twilight Coast (demo)", "Agony of Pleasure (demo)", and "Queen Elvis (demo)". A third CD edition saw the previous demo bonus tracks dropped, along with "College Of Ice", while adding yet more.

Eye (Centaur Publications)

The Eye is a fictional comic book character created by Frank Thomas and published by Centaur Publications. The character had no origin story, and existed only as a giant, floating, disembodied eye, wreathed in a halo of golden light. This powerful being was obsessed with the concept of justice, and existed to encourage average people to do what they could to attain it for themselves. If the obstacles proved too great, the Eye would assist its mortal charges by working miracles. Time and space meant nothing to the Eye and it existed as a physical embodiment of man's inner conscience.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eye

Eye \Eye\ ([imac]), n. [Prob. fr. nye, an eye being for a nye. See Nye.] (Zo["o]l.) A brood; as, an eye of pheasants.

Eye

Eye \Eye\ ([imac]), n. [OE. eghe, eighe, eie, eye, AS. e['a]ge; akin to OFries. [=a]ge, OS. [=o]ga, D. oog, Ohg. ouga, G. auge, Icel. auga, Sw. ["o]ga, Dan. ["o]ie, Goth. aug[=o]; cf. OSlav. oko, Lith. akis, L. okulus, Gr. 'o`kkos, eye, 'o`sse, the two eyes, Skr. akshi. [root]10, 212. Cf. Diasy, Ocular, Optic, Eyelet, Ogle.]

  1. The organ of sight or vision. In man, and the vertebrates generally, it is properly the movable ball or globe in the orbit, but the term often includes the adjacent parts. In most invertebrates the eyes are immovable ocelli, or compound eyes made up of numerous ocelli. See Ocellus. Description of illustration: a b Conjunctiva; c Cornea; d Sclerotic; e Choroid; f Cillary Muscle; g Cillary Process; h Iris; i Suspensory Ligament; k Prosterior Aqueous Chamber between h and i; l Anterior Aqueous Chamber; m Crystalline Lens; n Vitreous Humor; o Retina; p Yellow spot; q Center of blind spot; r Artery of Retina in center of the Optic Nerve.

    Note: The essential parts of the eye are inclosed in a tough outer coat, the sclerotic, to which the muscles moving it are attached, and which in front changes into the transparent cornea. A little way back of cornea, the crystalline lens is suspended, dividing the eye into two unequal cavities, a smaller one in front filled with a watery fluid, the aqueous humor, and larger one behind filled with a clear jelly, the vitreous humor. The sclerotic is lined with a highly pigmented membrane, the choroid, and this is turn is lined in the back half of the eyeball with the nearly transparent retina, in which the fibers of the optic nerve ramify. The choroid in front is continuous with the iris, which has a contractile opening in the center, the pupil, admitting light to the lens which brings the rays to a focus and forms an image upon the retina, where the light, falling upon delicate structures called rods and cones, causes them to stimulate the fibres of the optic nerve to transmit visual impressions to the brain.

  2. The faculty of seeing; power or range of vision; hence, judgment or taste in the use of the eye, and in judging of objects; as, to have the eye of a sailor; an eye for the beautiful or picturesque.

  3. The action of the organ of sight; sight, look; view; ocular knowledge; judgment; opinion.

    In my eye, she is the sweetest lady that I looked on.
    --Shak.

  4. The space commanded by the organ of sight; scope of vision; hence, face; front; the presence of an object which is directly opposed or confronted; immediate presence.

    We shell express our duty in his eye.
    --Shak.

    Her shell your hear disproved to her eyes.
    --Shak.

  5. Observation; oversight; watch; inspection; notice; attention; regard. ``Keep eyes upon her.''
    --Shak.

    Booksellers . . . have an eye to their own advantage.
    --Addison.

  6. That which resembles the organ of sight, in form, position, or appearance; as:

    1. (Zo["o]l.) The spots on a feather, as of peacock.

    2. The scar to which the adductor muscle is attached in oysters and other bivalve shells; also, the adductor muscle itself, esp. when used as food, as in the scallop.

    3. The bud or sprout of a plant or tuber; as, the eye of a potato.

    4. The center of a target; the bull's-eye.

    5. A small loop to receive a hook; as, hooks and eyes on a dress.

    6. The hole through the head of a needle.

    7. A loop forming part of anything, or a hole through anything, to receive a rope, hook, pin, shaft, etc.; as, an eye at the end of a tie bar in a bridge truss; an eye through a crank; an eye at the end of rope.

    8. The hole through the upper millstone.

  7. That which resembles the eye in relative importance or beauty. ``The very eye of that proverb.''
    --Shak.

    Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts.
    --Milton.

  8. Tinge; shade of color. [Obs.]

    Red with an eye of blue makes a purple.
    --Boyle.

    By the eye, in abundance. [Obs.]
    --Marlowe.

    Elliott eye (Naut.), a loop in a hemp cable made around a thimble and served.

    Eye agate, a kind of circle agate, the central parts of which are of deeper tints than the rest of the mass.
    --Brande & C.

    Eye animalcule (Zo["o]l), a flagellate infusorian belonging to Euglena and related genera; -- so called because it has a colored spot like an eye at one end.

    Eye doctor, an opthalmologist or optometrist; -- formerly called an oculist.

    Eye of a volute (Arch.), the circle in the center of volute.

    Eye of day, Eye of the morning, Eye of heaven, the sun. ``So gently shuts the eye of day.''
    --Mrs. Barbauld.

    Eye of a ship, the foremost part in the bows of a ship, where, formerly, eyes were painted; also, the hawser holes.
    --Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    Half an eye, very imperfect sight; a careless glance; as, to see a thing with half an eye; often figuratively. ``Those who have but half an eye.''
    --B. Jonson.

    To catch one's eye, to attract one's notice.

    To find favor in the eyes (of), to be graciously received and treated.

    To have an eye to, to pay particular attention to; to watch. ``Have an eye to Cinna.''
    --Shak.

    To keep an eye on, to watch.

    To set the eyes on, to see; to have a sight of.

    In the eye of the wind (Naut.), in a direction opposed to the wind; as, a ship sails in the eye of the wind.

Eye

Eye \Eye\ ([imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Eyed ([imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Eying or Eyeing.] To fix the eye on; to stare at; to look on; to view; to observe; particularly, to observe or watch narrowly, or with fixed attention; to hold in view.

Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial To my proportioned strength.
--Milton.

Eye

Eye \Eye\, v. i. To appear; to look. [Obs.]

My becomings kill me, when they do not Eye well to you.
--Shak.

Wiktionary

eye

Etymology 1 n. An organ through which animals see. vb. 1 To observe carefully. 2 To view something narrowly, as a document or a phrase in a document. 3 To look at someone or something as if with the intent to do something with that person or thing. 4 (context obsolete English) To appear; to look. Etymology 2

n. A brood.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

eye

c.1200, from Old English ege (Mercian), eage (West Saxon) "eye; region around the eye; apperture, hole," from Proto-Germanic *augon (cognates: Old Saxon aga, Old Frisian age, Old Norse auga, Swedish öga, Danish øie, Middle Dutch oghe, Dutch oog, Old High German ouga, German Auge, Gothic augo "eye").\n

\nApparently the Germanic form evolved irregularly from PIE *okw- "to see" (cognates: Sanskrit akshi "the eye; the number two," Greek opsis "a sight," Old Church Slavonic oko, Lithuanian akis, Latin oculus, Greek okkos, Tocharian ak, ek, Armenian akn).\n\nHAMLET: My father -- methinks I see my father.\n
HORATIO: Where, my lord?\n
HAMLET: In my mind's eye, Horatio.\n\nUntil late 14c. the English plural was in -an, hence modern dialectal plural een, ene. Of potatoes from 1670s. Of peacock feathers from late 14c. As a loop used with a hook in fastening (clothes, etc.) from 1590s. The eye of a needle was in Old English. As "the center of revolution" of anything from 1760. Nautical in the wind's eye "in the direction of the wind" is from 1560s.\n

\nTo see eye to eye is from Isa. lii:8. Eye contact attested from 1953. To have (or keep) an eye on "keep under supervision" is attested from early 15c. To have eyes for "be interested in or attracted to" is from 1736; make eyes at in the romance sense is from 1837; gleam in (someone's) eye (n.) "barely formed idea" is from 1959. Eye-biter was an old name for "a sort of witch who bewitches with the eyes."

eye

early 15c., "cause to see;" 1560s, "behold, observe," from eye (n.). Related: Eyed; eyeing.

WordNet

eye

v. look at [syn: eyeball]

eye

  1. n. the organ of sight [syn: oculus, optic]

  2. good discernment (either with the eyes or as if with the eyes); "she has an eye for fresh talent"; "he has an artist's eye"

  3. attention to what is seen; "he tried to catch her eye"

  4. an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm" [syn: center, centre, middle, heart]

  5. a small hole or loop (as in a needle); "the thread wouldn't go through the eye"

Gazetteer

Usage examples of "eye".

And a gorgeous pair of eyes they were, the young police sergeant noted as Abie Singleton continued her tirade against the Houston Police Department.

Though his eyes critiqued his reflection, Abie Singleton filled his thoughts.

For a split second Abie was certain he was looking directly into her eyes as the volume of the chanting increased.

Their breaths mingled there between them, their lips mere inches apart, and Abigail could not tear her eyes away from his mesmerizing gaze.

Major MacInnes turned to watch Major Jennings returning with Corporal Lester and Private Sutton, and Abigail lowered her eyes to her lap.

In response to his gesture, eyes now fully formed and ablaze, the two clouds of sooty vapor that had been hovering impatiently by his steel-booted feet ballooned to the size of black buffalo as they sped gleefully away from the dais to intercept the impudent, foolhardy human.

Salmissra, her eyes ablaze, pointed at the prostrate Essia and snapped her fingers twice.

Aunt Pol, her splendid eyes ablaze and a fiery nimbus about her, strode through the hall.

The heavy door exploded inward, blasted into splinters, and Aunt Pol stood in the shattered doorway, her white lock ablaze and her eyes dreadful.

There were few officers aboard the Endymion who turned a blind eye, but when it came to a zealous pursuit of duty, the first lieutenant was the worst.

Once was I taken of the foemen in the town where I abode when my lord was away from me, and a huge slaughter of innocent folk was made, and I was cast into prison and chains, after I had seen my son that I had borne to my lord slain before mine eyes.

I paused to take in the multicolored tapestry of melted and rehardened minerals, still furiously aboil to the untutored eye.

It sometimes seemed the abomination spoke from every mouth, watched from all eyes.

We had suddenly switched our allegiance from India to Aboriginal Australia and I guess, in their eyes, they could see no reason why we would do that except for the money.

There were a few lightly coloured Aboriginal boys left and they kept an eye on me.