Eye Idioms: 20 Useful Phrases About Eyes


Would you be interested in knowing some useful eye idioms? In this article, you’ll learn 20 idiomatic expressions about eyes. We have also provided their meanings and example sentences to help you understand better how to use them. 


List of eye idioms in English:


1. See eye to eye

2. Have a roving eye

3. Be in the public eye

4. Keep an eye on someone/something

5. Have eyes in the back of your head

6. The evil eye

7. An eye for an eye

8. Catch someone's eye

9. Be all eyes

10. Cast/run one's eye over

11. Bull's-eye 

12. A bird's-eye view

13. Eagle eye

14. Can’t take your eyes off

15. In the blink of an eye

16. The apple of (someone's) eye

17. Turn a blind eye

18. Have your eye on something

19. Have an eye for something

20. Eyes are bigger than one's stomach



20 ENGLISH IDIOMS ABOUT EYES

 

Eye idioms
eye idioms


1. See eye to eye

to agree with someone

 

Examples:

 

My brother doesn't see eye to eye with me about the arrangements.


Nobita saw eye to eye with Doraemon on almost every aspect of the production. 

 

 

2. Have a roving eye

to always be looking for the chance to have a new sexual relationship

 

Examples:

 

Her husband wasn't willing to tolerate her roving eye.


Although she's going out with one of the world's most handsome men, the actress still has a roving eye. 

 
 

3. Be in the public eye

to be famous and often seen or mentioned in the newspapers or on television

 

Examples:

 

Margret doesn't want her daughter growing up in the public eye.


She's pretty nervous because this is the first time she'll be in the public eye since that terrible news conference.

 

 

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4. Keep an eye on someone/something

to take care or watch something or someone 

 

Examples:

 

Keep an eye on your sister while I’m out, please.


Will you keep your eye on my baby while I go to the store?

 

 

5. Have eyes in the back of your head

to be very good at noticing everything that is happening around you

 

Examples:

 

How did Nisha know I was there? She must've eyes in the back of her head!


He has eyes in the back of his head and is always alert to the slightest sign of trouble.

 

 

6. The evil eye

a look that is thought to be able to harm someone

 

Examples:

 

She gave him the evil eye.


Roman saw her giving him the evil eye, so he turned around and walked the other way.

 

 

7. An eye for an eye

the idea that a person who causes another person to suffer should suffer in an equal amount

 

Examples:

 

An eye for an eye is no way to run a civilised justice system.


If more people in power would discourage the practice of an eye for an eye, the world would be a safer place.

 

 

8. Catch someone's eye

to attract someone's attention

 

Examples:

 

As I turned back, a movement across the lawn caught my eye.


This necklace just caught her eye and she couldn't resist buying it.

 

 

9. Be all eyes

to be watching someone or something carefully and with a lot of interest

 

Examples:

 

My sister was all eyes as I opened the box.


The kids were all eyes when the magician started performing.

 
 

10. Cast/run one's eye over

to look at or examine something quickly

 

Examples:

 

Please cast your eye over this and let me know what you think. 


Have you had a chance to run your eye over that list I gave you?

 

 

11. Bull's-eye

the centre of a target

 

Examples:

 

Neha scored a bull's-eye.


Three of her bullets had hit the bull's-eye.

 
 

12. A bird's-eye view

a view from a very high place that allows you to see a large area

 

Examples:

 

From the plane, we had a bird's-eye view of Jaipur.


Climb to the top of the Burj Khalifa if you want a bird's-eye view of Dubai.

 

 

13. Eagle eye

If someone has an eagle eye, they notice everything, even very small details. 

 

Examples:

 

Nothing escaped our tutor's eagle eye.


She did the work under the eagle eye of his trainer. 


They sat down and started the exam under the eagle eye of the invigilator.

 

 

14. Can’t take your eyes off

to not be able to stop looking at someone or something

 

Examples:

 

I can’t take my eyes off that girl when she’s talking.


She can't take her eyes off this beautiful necklace of mine!

 

 

15. In the blink of an eye

extremely quickly

 

Examples:

 

She was gone in the blink of an eye.


In the blink of an eye, the robber escaped from the bank with a bag full of cash. 

 

 

16. The apple of (someone's) eye

a person or thing that someone loves very much

 

Examples:

 

Dev's eldest son was the apple of his eye.


Isha was always the apple of her mother’s eye.

 

 

17. Turn a blind eye

to ignore something that you know is wrong

 

Examples:

 

The administration was either unaware of the issue or just turned a blind eye to it.


Teachers are turning a blind eye to students smoking at school, a report reveals today.

 

 

18. Have your eye on something

to have seen something that you want and intend to get

 

Examples:

 

He's had his eye on a car for some time.


I have my eyes on a nice little house near the beach.

 
 

19. Have an eye for something

to be good at noticing a particular type of thing

 

Examples:

 

She's never had much of an eye for fashion.


Ritika has a keen eye for detail, so each dress is beautifully finished off.

 

 

20. Eyes are bigger than one's stomach

used to say that someone has taken more food than they can possibly eat

 

Examples:

 

Can’t you finish your meal? Your eyes are bigger than your stomach!


I can't finish my food—I guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach!


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