Saturday, November 27, 2004

Keep an eye out
Prerana Trehan

THIS week we take up some more idioms related to the eye.

Cast/run your/an eye over something: look quickly over something.

The exhibition appeared to be good but unfortunately I just had enough time to run an eye over the display.

Catch someoneís eye: 1) be attractive or different enough to be noticed by people.

2) be noticed by someone as you are looking at them.

The shop had a wide range of footwear but the pair of black stilettos was the only one that caught my eye.

I tried to catch my sonís eye when he was reciting a poem on the stage during his schoolís annual function.

Easy on the eye: pleasant to look at.

She is not much of an actress, but she sure is easy on the eye.

Have your eye on something: have seen something that you want and intend to get. I have had my eye on that TV for some time now; I will buy it next month.

See eye to eye: have the same opinion; agree.

Even though Sarita and I donít see eye to eye on most things, we are still the best of friends.

Thereís more to someone/something than meets the eye: a person/situation is more complex than he/it appears on the surface.

The police say that it is an open-and-shut case, but I think there is more to it than meets the eye.

She is such a quiet person but the moment you see her powerful performances on the stage you realise there is more to her than meets the eye.

Turn a blind eye: choose to ignore behaviour that you know is wrong.

Most educational institutions turn a blind eye to cheating during examinations.

With an eye to something: with a special aim or intention.

He is trying for an overseas assignment with an eye to settling there permanently.

(Reference: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms)