Green in my eye

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Green in my eye in a colloquial question=Do I look credulous or easily imposed on?—Green, Emerald, Isle, Ireland
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gréne; Ger. grün, Dut. groen, green, Ice. grænn, allied to grow.

Usage

In literature:

There was a green ribbon in her hat, which jarred upon my eyes, and her blouse-like bodice was full and clumsy.
"Round the Red Lamp" by Arthur Conan Doyle
There was also an interesting account how a man in a boat was distinctly heard by Mr. Green, jun., to exclaim, 'My eye!
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
All the bile in her body flew up into her eyes, and turned them green; she looked as if she longed to scratch my face.
"The Legacy of Cain" by Wilkie Collins
Do you see any green in the white of my eye?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Those delicious green patches are yet in my eye.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
My eyes have entered in under the green shadow, And made a cool journey far along the road.
"The Garden of Bright Waters" by Various
In its blended greens the marsh that morning offered one of the most satisfying drinks of color my eyes ever tasted.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
I'll say here in my green bower and as my eyes are back in form I'll watch the heavens.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
See any green in my eye, Cactus Center?
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
I took the cocuyo in my hand, the green, golden fire flashing from its great round eyes.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Suddenly he fixed his yellowish-green eyes upon me; his nostrils dilated and he watched me for a full minute, while the blood froze in my veins.
"The Dean's Watch" by Erckmann-Chatrian
I am grieved to hear about his black eye, and fear that I shall find it in the green and purple state on my return.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Evidently I had a trace of green in my eye.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
I feel cut off from everything and every one, with this damnable green wall in front of my eyes.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
D'you see anything green in my eye?
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Those delicious green patches are yet in my eye.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
I realized that as I lay back in my big green library-chair and closed my eyes.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Moreover, she may have detected other traces of the green-eyed monster in my make-up, and had decided that I needed a salutary lesson.
"In Jeopardy" by Van Tassel Sutphen
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In poetry:

In the stars that pierce the shadow
Of the green water
My heart would see the eyes
Of the sea-king's daughter.
"The Princess In The Sea" by Ethel Clifford
There are, in my dear island green,
Most lovely faces to be seen,
Beautiful eyes, with kindly glee,
Beamed there in laughing love on me
Now I'm alone from day to day,
They're all three thousand miles away.
"To Isabel" by Nora Pembroke
With eyes of light the maidens look up
As they sit in the summer heat
Twining green blade with golden cup—
They see, and they rise to their feet;
I call aloud, for I must not stop,
"Good tidings, my sisters sweet!"
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
In my mother's garden were green-leaved hiding-places,
Nooks between the lilacs– oh, a pleasant place to play!
Still my heart can hide there, still my eyes can dream it,
Though the long years lie between and I am far away;
"The Garden" by Margaret Widdemer
Orchards in the Spring-time! Oh, I think and think of them,—
Filmy mists of pink and white above the fresh, young green,
Lifting and drifting,—how my eyes could drink of them,
I'm staring at a dirty wall beyond a big machine.
"Orchards" by Theodosia Garrison
There's a green glen in Eirinn,
A green glen in Eirinn!
'Twas sweet with you beside me in a world of harvest gold:
The sallaghs made a shadow in a corner of the meadow,
And your eyes were wells of kindness, and my hand lay in your hold.
"A Glen Song" by Anna Johnston MacManus