keep a weather eye out

Also, keep a weather eye on or open. Be extremely watchful or alert, as in We should keep a weather eye on our competitors in case they start a price war. The precise allusion in this expression is disputed, but presumably it refers to watching for a storm. [Early 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. keep a civil tongue in one's head,
  2. keep a low profile,
  3. keep a sharp lookout,
  4. keep a stiff upper lip,
  5. keep a straight face,
  6. keep abreast of,
  7. keep after,
  8. keep an eye on,
  9. keep an eye out for,
  10. keep at

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