- 1[countable] either of the two organs on the face that you see with The suspect has dark hair and green eyes. to close/open your eyes to drop/lower your eyes (= to look down) There were tears in his eyes. I have something in my eye. His eyes narrowed suspiciously. Her eyes widened in horror. to make/avoid eye contact with someone (= to look/avoid looking at them at the same time as they look at you) All eyes were on him (= everyone was looking at him) as he walked onto the stage. Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also black eye, compound eye, lazy eye, shut-eye
- 2-eyed (in adjectives) having the type or number of eyes mentioned a blue-eyed blonde a one-eyed monster ability to see
- 3[singular] the ability to see A surgeon needs a good eye and a steady hand. see also eagle eye way of seeing
- 4[countable, usually singular] a particular way of seeing something He looked at the design with the eye of an engineer. She viewed the findings with a critical eye. To my eye, the windows seem out of proportion. She has a good eye for color. of needle
- 5 [countable] the hole in the end of a needle that you put the thread through on clothes
- 6 [countable] a small metal ring that a small hook fits into, used for fastening clothes It fastens with a hook and eye. of storm
- 7 [singular] an/the eye of a/the storm, tornado, hurricane, etc. a calm area at the center of a storm, etc. on potato
- 8[countable] a dark mark on a potato from which another plant will grow see also bull's-eye, the evil eye, fisheye lens, googly eyes, red-eye Idioms
- 1to be watching someone carefully, especially to check that they do not do anything wrong And remember, I'll have my eye on you so you'd better behave.
- 2 to be thinking about asking someone out, offering someone a job, etc. because you think they are attractive, good at their job, etc. He has his eye on the new girl in your class.
- 1[transitive, intransitive] (also meet somebody's gaze, look, etc., people's eyes meet) if you meet someone's eye(s), you look directly at them as they look at you; if two people's eyes meet, they look directly at each other She was afraid to meet my eye. Their eyes met across the crowded room. She met his gaze without flinching.
- 2[transitive] meet somebody's eye(s) your eyes if a sight meets your eyes, you see it A terrible sight met their eyes.
part of body
nounjump to other results
a person or thing that is loved more than any other She is the apple of her father's eye.
the apple of somebody's eyejump to other results
to the horizon (= where the sky meets the land or ocean) The cornfields stretched on all sides as far as the eye could see.
as far as the eye can/could seejump to other results
to be watching someone or something carefully and with a lot of interest The kids were all eyes as he slowly unwrapped the package.
be all eyesjump to other results
people all have different ideas about what is beautiful
beauty is in the eye of the beholder (saying)jump to other results
in someone's presence; in front of someone He had seen his life's work destroyed before his very eyes.
before/in front of somebody's (very) eyesjump to other results
to have a lot of something to deal with We're up to our eyes in work.
be up to your eyes in somethingjump to other results
a view of something from a high position looking down From the plane we had a bird's eye view of Manhattan.
a bird's-eye view (of something)jump to other results
to attract someone's attention Can you catch the waiter's eye?
catch somebody's eyejump to other results
to look at or listen to someone or something carefully and with a lot of attention
cock an ear/eye at something/somebodyjump to other results
pleasant to listen to or look at The room was painted in soft pastels that were easy on the eye.
easy on the ear/eye (informal)jump to other results
used to show that you do not believe someone or something “It's an antique.” “An antique, my eye!”
my eye! (old-fashioned) (informal)jump to other results
used to say that you should punish someone by doing to them what they have done to you or to someone else They advocate a justice system that works on the principle of an eye for an eye.
an eye for an eye (and a tooth for a tooth) (saying)jump to other results
used to say that someone has been greedy by taking more food than they can eat
somebody's eyes are bigger than their stomachjump to other results
to look at someone or something and get great pleasure
feast your eyes (on somebody/something)jump to other results
to be seen only by a particular person I'll lend you the letters but they're for your eyes only.
for somebody's eyes onlyjump to other results
to be able to judge if things look attractive, valuable, etc. I've never had much of an eye for fashion. She has an eye for a bargain.
have an eye for somethingjump to other results
have your eye on somebodyjump to other results
to be thinking about buying something
have your eye on somethingjump to other results
to be aware of everything that is happening around you, even things that seem difficult or impossible to see You can't get away with anything in her class. She has eyes in the back of her head.
have eyes in the back of your headjump to other results
to be able to notice or see everything She's bound to notice that chipped glass. The woman has eyes like a hawk!
have eyes like a hawkjump to other results
to look at or watch something while doing something else, especially in a secret way so that other people do not notice During his talk, most of the delegates had one eye on the clock.
have one eye/half an eye on somethingjump to other results
to always be looking for the chance to have a new sexual relationship
have a roving eye (old-fashioned)jump to other results
very quickly; in a short time
in the blink of an eyejump to other results
in someone's opinion or according to the way that they see the situation She can do no wrong in her father's eyes. To Western eyes, it may seem that the city is overcrowded.
in somebody's eyesjump to other results
according to the law, most people in the world, etc. In the eyes of the law she is guilty though few ordinary people would think so.
in the eyes of the law, world, etc.jump to other results
well known to many people through newspapers and television She doesn't want her children growing up in the public eye.
in the public eyejump to other results
very quickly synonym in an instant Suddenly, in the twinkling of an eye, her whole life had been turned upside down.
in the twinkling of an eyejump to other results
to watch someone or something carefully Over the next few months we will keep a close eye on sales.
keep a close eye/watch on somebody/somethingjump to other results
to be quick to notice or hear things
keep your ears/eyes open (for something)jump to other results
to take care of someone or something and make sure that they are not harmed, damaged, etc. We've asked the neighbors to keep an eye on the house for us while we're away.
keep an eye on somebody/somethingjump to other results
to continue to give your attention to what is most important
keep your eye on the balljump to other results
to look for someone or something while you are doing other things Police have asked residents to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
keep an/your eye open/out (for somebody/something)jump to other results
to look carefully for someone or something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life.
keep your eyes peeled (for somebody/something)jump to other results
to watch someone or something carefully in case you need to take action Keep a weather eye on your competitors.
keep a weather eye on somebody/somethingjump to other results
(usually used in negative sentences) to see someone or something I hope I never set eyes on this place again!
lay/set eyes on somebody/something (informal)jump to other results
(usually used in negative sentences and questions) to look straight at someone without feeling embarrassed or ashamed Can you look me in the eye and tell me you're not lying? I'll never be able to look her in the face again!
look somebody in the eye(s)/facejump to other results
to look at someone in a way that shows that you find them sexually attractive He's definitely giving you the eye!
make eyes at somebody, give somebody the eyejump to other results
meet somebody's eye(s)jump to other results
your imagination He pictured the scene in his mind's eye.
your mind's eyejump to other results
the normal power of your eyes without the help of an instrument The planet should be visible with/to the naked eye.
the naked eyejump to other results
to show no surprise or embarrassment when something unusual happens She didn't bat an eye when I told her my news.
not bat an eye (informal)jump to other results
to be very surprised at something you hear/see I couldn't believe my eyes when she walked in.
not believe your ears/eyes (informal)jump to other results
used to say that everyone was very emotional about something There wasn't a dry eye in the house when they announced their engagement.
not a dry eye in the house (humorous)jump to other results
to not share the same views as someone about something The two of them have never seen eye to eye on politics.
not see eye to eye with somebody (on something)jump to other results
to find someone or something so interesting, attractive, etc. that you watch them all the time
not (be able to) take your eyes off somebody/somethingjump to other results
to be in love with only one particular person He's only ever had eyes for his wife.
only have eyes for/have eyes only for somebodyjump to other results
to realize or make someone realize the truth about something Traveling really opens your eyes to other cultures.
open your/somebody's eyes (to something)jump to other results
to be very attractive to look at
please the eyejump to other results
to try to trick someone; to hide your real actions or intentions from someone
pull the wool over somebody's eyes (informal)jump to other results
to look at or examine something quickly Could you just run your eyes over this report?
run/cast an eye/your eyes over somethingjump to other results
to think about or see something the way that another person sees it Try looking at it through her eyes for a change. Events are seen through the eyes of a Polish refugee.
see, look at, etc. something through somebody's eyesjump to other results
to see something by accident or not very clearly because you see it from the side of your eye and are not looking straight at it Out of the corner of her eye, she saw him coming closer.
see something out of the corner of your eyejump to other results
to pretend that you have not noticed something so that you do not have to deal with it You can't just close your eyes to his violence. They seem intent on shutting their eyes to the problems of pollution.
shut/close your eyes to somethingjump to other results
a person or thing that you are pleased to see
a sight for sore eyes (informal)jump to other results
to stop giving your attention to what is most important
take your eye off the balljump to other results
to pretend not to notice something bad that is happening, so you do not have to do anything about it The authorities were either unaware of the problem or turned a blind eye to it.
turn a blind eye (to something)jump to other results
being watched carefully by someone The children played under the watchful eye of their father.
under the (watchful) eye of somebodyjump to other results
fully aware of the possible problems or results of a particular course of action I went into this with my eyes open so I guess I only have myself to blame.
with your eyes openjump to other results
having enough experience to be able to do something easily I've made this trip so often, I could do it with my eyes shut.
with your eyes shut/closedjump to other results
with the intention of doing something He bought the warehouse with an eye to converting it into a hotel.
with an eye to something/to doing somethingjump to other results