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eagle eye

noun
1.
unusually sharp visual powers; keen ability to watch or observe.
2.
a person who has sharp vision or who maintains a keen watchfulness.
3.
alert watchfulness.
Origin of eagle eye
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605
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  • But he must not stop there, at that small success, with his eagle-eye.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Before she could answer eagle-eye pointed to a big cave-bear.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • eagle-eye found the stones he had left only a short time before.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • When Pigeon tried to run away, eagle-eye would say, “The cave-bear will get you.”

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • eagle-eye had taught her so well that she knew them as soon as she saw them.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • So she and eagle-eye heated stones and dropped them into the water.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • But eagle-eye chased him with a big stick and drove him away from the spot.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And among the women who had beaten the drums were Chew-chew and eagle-eye.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And so when eagle-eye heard what the people said, she pushed her way through the crowd.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • When eagle-eye bathed him with cold water, he began to show signs of life.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Slang definitions & phrases for eagle-eye

eagle-eye

noun

  1. A person noted for keen vision or one who keeps a close watch: It took a real eagle-eye to catch that
  2. A locomotive engineer (Railroad)
  3. A detective, esp one assigned to watch for shoplifters or pickpockets
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with eagle-eye

eagle eye

Unusually keen sight; also, keen intellectual vision. For example, Antiques dealers have an eagle eye for valuable objects, or A good manager has an eagle eye for employee errors. [ Late 1500s ]
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