noun, plural eyes, (Archaic) ey·en or eyne.
- the bud of a potato, Jerusalem artichoke, etc.
- a small, contrastingly colored part at the center of a flower.
verb (used with object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
verb (used without object), eyed, ey·ing or eye·ing.
- to want no other person or thing but: She was always surrounded by admirers, but she had eyes only for Harry.
- to see, or view, or desire to see only.
Origin of eye
British Dictionary definitions for lay eyes on (1 of 2)
- a modicum of perceptivenessanyone with half an eye can see she's in love
- continuing unobtrusive observation or awarenessthe dog had half an eye on the sheep
- regarding; with reference towith an eye to one's own interests
- with the intention or purpose ofwith an eye to reaching agreement
- with great ease, esp as a result of thorough familiarityI could drive home with my eyes shut
- without being aware of all the facts
verb eyes, eyeing, eying or eyed (tr)
Derived Formseyeless, adjectiveeyelike, adjective
Word Origin for eye
British Dictionary definitions for lay eyes on (2 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with lay eyes on (1 of 2)
lay eyes on
Also, clap or set eyes on. Look at, see, as in As soon as I laid eyes on him I knew he would be perfect for the lead in our play, or I'd never set eyes on such a beautiful gown. The first term dates from the early 1200s and the third from the late 1300s; the second, using clap in the sense of “a sudden movement,” dates from the first half of the 1800s.
Idioms and Phrases with lay eyes on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with eye
- eye for an eye, an
- eye opener, an
- eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's
- eyes in the back of one's head, have
- eyes open, with
- eye to eye
- eye to the main chance, have an
- eye to, with an
- all eyes
- apple of one's eye
- believe one's ears (eyes)
- bird's-eye view
- black eye
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
- catch someone's eye
- close one's eyes
- cry one's eyes out
- eagle eye
- easy on the eyes
- evil eye
- feast one's eyes on
- give someone the once-over (eye)
- green-eyed monster
- have an eye for
- have one's eye on
- hit between the eyes
- hit the bull's-eye
- in a pig's eye
- in one's mind's eye
- in the eye of the wind
- in the public eye
- in the twinkling of an eye
- keep an eye on
- keep an eye out
- keep a weather eye
- keep one's eye on the ball
- keep one's eyes open
- lay eyes on
- look someone in the face (eye)
- make eyes at
- more than meets the eye
- my eye
- naked eye
- one eye on
- open one's eyes
- out of the corner of one's eye
private eyepull the wool over someone's eyesrun one's eyes oversee eye to eyesee with half an eyesight for sore eyesstars in one's eyesthrow dust in someone's eyesturn a blind eyeup to one's ears (eyes)with an eye towith one's eyes openwithout batting an eye.