Saturday, November 20, 2004

An eye on phrases
Prerana Trehan

Today we learn some idioms that are related to one of the most important organs of the human body, the eye.

In the eye of the storm: very much involved in an argument or problem that affects a lot of people.

The temple has been in the eye of the storm ever since the head priest has been accused of murdering a devotee.

In the public eye: be famous and written about in newspapers and magazines and seen on television.

Film stars are so used to being in the public eye that they find anonymity difficult to swallow.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: each person has their own opinion about what or who is beautiful.

I donít know what she sees in him, but then beauty, I suppose, is in the eye of the beholder.

Have/keep half an eye on something/someone: watch something or someone without giving them all your attention.

I had half an eye on the television while talking to my friend on the phone.

In the blink of an eye: extremely quickly.

No one is sure what caused the trains to collide. The accident happened in the blink of an eye.

In your mindís eye: in your imagination or memory.

My hometown might have changed beyond recognition, but in my mindís eye it is still the small, quiet town I grew up in.

Look someone in the eye: look directly at someone without fear or shame.

I just couldnít look my mother in the eye after she caught me smoking behind her back.

Not bat an eye/eyelash/eyelid: not show shock or surprise.

The teacher did not bat an eye when the students played a practical joke on him.

The apple of someoneís eye: the person who someone loves most and is proud of.

My brother is the apple of my motherís eye.

There wasnít s dry eye in the house: all the people in a particular place were very sad about what they had seen or heard and many were crying.

There wasnít a dry eye in the house when the young widow of the Army officer received a gallantry award on his behalf.

(Reference: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms)