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1eye/ˈaɪ/noun
pluraleyes
1eye
/ˈaɪ/
noun
pluraleyes
Learner's definition of EYE  
[count] : the part of the body that you see with
[singular] 
: an ability to understand and appreciate something seen
◊ If you have an eye for something or a good/keen/sharp eye for something, you have a special ability to recognize a particular thing or quality.
   b — used to describe the way something looks to you
   c : a way of looking at or judging something
[count] — used to describe where someone is looking
[count] : a way of looking at or thinking about something— often plural
[count] : the hole through the top of a needle
[count] : a loop that a hook fits into to fasten or attach something
[count] : an area on a potato from which a new plant can grow: a bud on a potato
[count] : the center of a storm (such as a hurricane) where there is little wind or rain and sometimes there is clear sky

all eyes

: watching something or someone closely: very attentive

an eye for an eye

oran eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
— used to say that a person who has committed a crime should be given punishment that is the same as or as serious as the crime

as far as the eye could see

: as far as could be seen

a sight for sore eyes

— see 1sight

a twinkle in your eye

— see 1twinkle

bawl your eyes out

— see bawl

before your eyes

orin front of your eyes
◊ If something happens (right) before your eyes or in front of your (very) eyes, it happens in a very open and visible way so that you can see it very clearly.

can't believe your eyes

— see believe

cast/run your eye over

: to read or look at (something) quickly.

catch your eye

— see 1catch

close/shut your eyes to

: to refuse to notice or accept the truth or existence of (something): to ignore (something)

cock an/your eye

— see 2cock

cry your eyes out

— see 1cry

easy on the eyes

— see 1easy

eyes in the back of your head

◊ When people are surprised that you have seen or noticed something that is behind you, they may say that you have eyes in the back of your head.

feast your eyes on

— see 2feast

for your eyes only

: intended to be seen only by you

give (someone) the eye

informal
: to look at (someone) in a way that shows sexual attraction

have/keep an/your eye out for

: to be looking for (someone or something): to hope to see or find (someone or something)

have an eye to/toward

: to have (something) in your thoughts as a goal or purpose

(have) stars in your eyes

— see 1star

have your eye on

: to watch (someone or something) closely
: to be thinking about buying (something)

in a pig's eye

US slang
— used to express strong disagreement

in the blink of an eye

— see 2blink

in the public eye

: in a position that receives a lot of public notice and attention

in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye

: in a very short time: very quickly

in your mind's eye

◊ If you see something in your mind's eye, you imagine or remember how it looks.

keep an/your eye on

: to watch or take care of (someone or something)

keep your eye on the ball

— see 1ball

keep your eyes glued to

informal
: to watch (something) very closely for a long time

keep your eyes open

informalorkeep your eyes peeledor Britishkeep your eyes skinned
: to look or watch closely in order to see or find (something)

lay/set eyes on

or Britishclap eyes on
: to see or look at (someone or something)

make eyes at

informal
: to look at (someone) in a way that shows sexual attraction

more than meets the eye

◊ If something is more than meets the eye or there is more to something than meets the eye, there is more to it than there appears to be at first.

my eye

informal
— used to express surprise or mild disagreement

not bat an eye

— see 4bat

only have eyes for

: to only be attracted to (a particular person): to only feel love for (someone)

open someone's eyes

: to cause someone to notice or be aware of something important— often + to

open your eyes

: to begin to notice or be aware of something important— often + to

pull the wool over someone's eyes

— see wool

roving eye

— see roving

run your eye down

: to quickly read or look at (something, such as a list)

see eye to eye

: to have the same opinion
: agree
— usually used in negative statements

take your eyes off

: to stop looking at (someone or something)

the apple of someone's eye

— see apple

turn a blind eye

— see 1blind

under the eye of

: while being watched by (someone)

up to your eyes

: deeply involved in or affected by something

with an eye to/toward

: with (something) in your thoughts as a goal or purpose

with your/both eyes open

: fully aware of what could happen

with your eyes shut/closed

informal
: with little or no effort: very easily

your eyes are bigger than your stomach

◊ If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you have taken more food than you can possibly eat.
— see also black eyeevil eyerib eyeseeing eye
2eye/ˈaɪ/verb
eyeseyedeyeingoreying
2eye
/ˈaɪ/
verb
eyeseyedeyeingoreying
Learner's definition of EYE  
[+ object]
: to watch or look at (someone or something) in a very close or careful way
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