- the ball or globe of the eye.
- eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.
- Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.
- give (someone) the hairy eyeball, Slang. to look at (someone) with eyelids partly lowered, as in hostility or distrust.
Origin of eyeball
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Accordingly she shifted her own eyes from one eyeball to the other in the man's face.Psychotherapy
She done 'low to me she would n't wink her eyeball while I was gone.Southern Stories
The movements of the eyeball were perfect, but blindness was absolute.
The eyeball was suppurating, and the temperature rose to 99° at night.
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- the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
- eyeball to eyeball in close confrontation
- (tr) slang to stare at
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Word Origin and History for eyeball
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The globe-shaped portion of the eye surrounded by the socket and covered externally by the eyelids.bulb of eye
- The eye itself.
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