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eagle eye

unusually sharp visual powers; keen ability to watch or observe.
a person who has sharp vision or who maintains a keen watchfulness.
alert watchfulness.
Origin of eagle eye
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here paused the Indian for a moment, his eagle-eye unflinchingly bent on the setting sun.

    Burl Morrison Heady
  • Before she could answer eagle-eye pointed to a big cave-bear.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • When eagle-eye was coming back from the chase, she saw other trees heavily laden.

    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
  • eagle-eye had taught her so well that she knew them as soon as she saw them.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • That eagle-eye was not dimmed, although the great statesman's force was abated.

  • And so when eagle-eye heard what the people said, she pushed her way through the crowd.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • But he must not stop there, at that small success, with his eagle-eye.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • eagle-eye, and spindle-shanks, Fierce mustache, and wolfish tooth!

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
Slang definitions & phrases for eagle-eye



  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 ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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