Eye-service

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Eye-service service performed only under the eye or inspection of an employer: formal worship
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éage; cf. Goth. augo, Ger. auge, Dut. oog, Ice. auga.

Usage

In literature:

Those who undertake the task are only actuated by gain, and you can expect but eye-service.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
With his eyes set then on this financial goal, Red Hoss sought service in the marts of trade.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
It would have been lowering the dignity of Her Majesty's service in the eyes of the heathen.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
Yours may be no splendid services, no flaming or brilliant actions to blaze and dazzle in the eye of man.
"The Mind of Jesus" by John R. Macduff
At the sight Courtrey's eyes sought Service's and held them for a swift, questioning moment.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
His smooth-shaven face, bronzed with service, and his brown eyes, were alive every moment.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
She lifted her grateful eyes with a look of appreciation that seemed to him overpayment for a service proposed, rather than done.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
He had a service automatic in his hand and the light of battle in his eyes.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The eyes of the Secret-Service men were filled with the indelible impress of what they had seen.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Again I turned her forth, and again she came back, her telescopic eyes apparently of some service to her.
"The Galaxy" by Various
They were out of service; they had written that they were coming home, and their eyes and hearts were toward the North.
"The Battle of Atlanta" by Grenville M. Dodge
Nor was this an unwilling obedience, an eye-service constrained by fear or force.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
The service officers looked at Coburn with something like accusation in their eyes.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Van caught her eye and, adept that he was in the social signal-service, took in the situation at a glance.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
His service payeth me a sublimate Blown up his nose to help the ailing eye.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
He grinned up at Stan and Allison, his eyes taking in their service stripes.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Bonnie's hands were folded on her lap, and she kept her eyes down throughout the service.
"The Colonists" by Raymond F. Jones
During service Geordie, with hair plastered down and eyes on the ceiling, sang hymns more loudly than ever.
"Mothering on Perilous" by Lucy S. Furman
Her eyes and ears did double service.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
The Secret Service man fixed his eyes on Madame Dupres.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
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In poetry:

Her eyes with longing tears grow dim:
She never can come nigh
To work one service poor for him
For whom she glad would die!
"Dorcas" by George MacDonald
The light is still in our eyes
Of Faith and Gentlehood,
Of Service and Sacrifice;
And it does not match our mood,
To turn so soon to your treacheries
That starve our land of her food.
"The Declaration of London" by Rudyard Kipling
And feast upon strawberries, sugar and cream
From a service of silver, with jewels agleam,--
At thy feet will I bide, at thy beck will I rise,
And twinkle my soul in the night of thine eyes!
"Curly Locks" by James Whitcomb Riley
We're 'oppin' an' we're 'obblin' to a cock-eyed ragtime tune,
Not a soul as isn't limpin' in the bloomin' 'ole balloon;
But buck you up, my com-e-rades, we're off to Flanders soon,
For we got our foreign service boots this mornin'!
"The Route March" by Cicely Fox Smith
And when the funeral cortege arrived at the Western burying-ground,
Then the clergyman performed the funeral service with a solemn sound;
While from the eyes of the spectators fell many a tear
For the late Ex-Provost Rough they loved so dear.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
I see thine eyes gazing at the dark of my heart,
Lord of my life,
I wonder if my failure and wrongs are forgiven.
For many were my days without service
and nights of forgetfulness; futile were the flowers
that faded in the shade not offered to thee.
"Lord Of My Life" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

And right now they are experiencing life through the eyes of an Internal Revenue Service special agent.
Volunteers with the National Park Service's mountain bike unit regularly ride the trails, acting as the eyes and ears of park rangers.
Secret Service suffers black eye to image.
The Secret Service does not often get a black eye behind those oh-so-cool sunglasses.
INTERNET Amid persistent black eyes and an unserious image, website registrar and host wants to become full service.
With an eye on promoting the revitalization of downtown Pittsburgh as well as energy conservation and organizational productivity, the Tower at PNC Plaza is likely PNC Financial Services' proudest design moment yet.
Following Bud 's service, the couple lived in Sleepy Eye, Minn. For one year and then returned to Fairmont where they were blessed with two sons, Lee and Gary.
We pride ourselves on our focus of personal customer service and are small enough to provide individualized attention to your eyes ' health and large enough to take care of all your needs.
That's the hope for Toledo's new 911 texting service: Eye Citizen.
Ottawa eyes controversial way to fund social services, Nov 10.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec 15, at 10:30am at St Mary 's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye.
Funeral Services will be on Friday, October 5, at 10:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
A weekly prayer service for Revival and Spiritual Awakening will be held at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, Aug 31 from noon 'til 1 p.m. Chandler eyes progress With time ticking down.
Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye on Monday from 5 to 8 PM & will continue on Tuesday for an hour prior to the service at the church.
Peninsula Hospital Center, a Queens hospital until several years ago affiliated with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, is eyeing closing, a decision which could increase demand for services at other area hospitals.
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