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5 English Idioms with EYE (2021)

English Idioms with EYE

She appeared in the blink of an eye.
She appeared suddenly. Very quickly.

Computers can do thousands of complex tasks in the blink of an eye.

Modern computers can do many tasks very quickly.

catch one’s eye – attract one’s attention, notice something

I tried to catch my friend’s eye at the movie theater but she didn’t notice me. I tried to get my friend to notice me.

I was shopping for a birthday present for my wife, and this bracelet caught my eye.

I noticed the bracelet while I was shopping.

eyes in the back of one’s head – ability to know what happens when one’s back is turned

The teacher always knows what is going on in the classroom. She must have eyes in the back of her head.
The teacher always knows what we are doing, even if she is not looking at us.

After the basketball player’s amazing no-look pass you would swear he has eyes in the back of his head.

He knew exactly where his teammate was without looking.

Bird’s-eye view
Can you guess what this idiom means?

A bird’s eye is the eye of a bird.

low angle photo of four high rise curtain wall buildings under white clouds and blue sky

view can mean – what you can see from a certain place

birds can fly high in the sky, a bird’s eye view must be ~ A view of something from a high position looking down!

I got a bird’s eye view of Berlin from the airplane.
I was lucky to have a window seat!

Keep my eyes open – pay extra attention to notice something, or try hard to find something

A: “I want to buy a used surfboard that is not too expensive. Do you know anywhere I can buy one?”
B: “There is a store that sells used sports equipment near my office. I’ll keep my eyes open for you.”

assorted colors of surfboard

If there is something we want, we are often more sensitive to seeing it, we become more alert.

If we want to meet someone or talk with someone, we can use the same expression.

Keep my eyes open

A: “Did you see Bob this morning? I want to ask him about tomorrow’s meeting.”
B: “He was in the office this morning but I haven’t seen him since lunch. I’ll keep my eyes open for him and if I see him I’ll tell him you are looking for him.”

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