Keep one's eye on

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Keep one's eye on to observe closely: to watch
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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:

And she seemed always to keep one eye on Ann Veronica's dress.
"Ann Veronica" by H. G. Wells
Presently a neighbor's cat came stealing along the fence, keeping one eye on Malta and the other on the sparrows.
"Beautiful Joe" by Marshall Saunders
At length Ned suggested that one of them sit up part of the night, and keep an eye on Tom's berth.
"Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice" by Victor Appleton
Presently a neighbor's cat came stealing along the fence, keeping one eye on Malta and the other on the sparrows.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
At least it was hard to keep one's eyes on a prayer-book while the car of pleasure rattled by.
"The Blood Red Dawn" by Charles Caldwell Dobie
Only there's more in the thing than you seem to see, because you keep your eyes fixed on one spot.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
What is true of one's words to people one can keep one's eye on, is still more true of words in books.
"The Ghost in the White House" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Keeping his eyes on the detective's face, he repeated the name as one utters a half-forgotten thing.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
I asked one of the hands to keep an eye on him, and I suppose he's shut the door.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Now, all this time the one-eyed Asturian maid, and the landlady's daughter, both bent on deviltry, were keeping their eyes open.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
My bum didn't pay them no never mind at foist, but one day he tells me he keeps feeling them eyes on him while he's rasslin'.
"Hoiman and the Solar Circuit" by Gordon Dewey
So, keeping one eye on the enemy, I looked at Mistress Goel's hurt.
"The MS. in a Red Box" by John Arthur Hamilton
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In news:

Today's Futurists Keep One Eye on the Market.
When he appeared flushed and unsteady in the hospitality room at an industry trade show one evening, Hoffskin's supervisor, Project Leader Bill Fallon, also present, was keeping an eye on him.
We're definitely keeping an intrigued eye on A&E's forthcoming 'Psycho' prequel series 'Bates Motel,' which takes a prequel approach to examining a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), albeit one taking place in our modern day.
We're definitely keeping an intrigued eye on A&E's forthcoming 'Psycho' prequel series 'Bates Motel ,' which takes a prequel approach to examining a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), albeit one taking place in our modern day.
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