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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms E, page 5

Idioms E, page 5:  from:   'eye of the storm'   to:   'eyes on stalks'


  • in the eye of the storm
    • A person or organisation who is in the eye of the storm is deeply involved in a difficult situation which affects a lot of people.
      "The minister was often in the eye of the storm during the debate on the war in Syria."

  • one in the eye
    • If an event or development is an unexpected disappointment or defeat for someone, you can say that it is one in the eye for that person.
      "My promotion was one in the eye for my ambitious colleague."

  • more (to it) than meets the eye
    • This expression means that something is more complicated or more interesting than it first appears.
      "They say it's just a disagreement, but we think there's more to it than meets the eye."

  • eagle eyes
    • Someone who has eagle eyes see or notices things more easily than others.
      "Tony will help us find it - he's got eagle eyes!"

  • eyes in the back of one's head
    • If someone has eyes in the back of their head, they are very observant and notice everything happening around them.
      "You need eyes in the back of your head to look after young children."

  • before your very eyes
    • If someone does something before your very eyes, they do it in front of you, without attempting to hide what they are doing.
      "Before my very eyes, he took the rubbish and threw it into the neighbour's garden!"

  • cry one's eyes out
    • If you cry your eyes out, you cry a lot and for a long time.
      "My son cried his eyes out when he discovered his bike had been stolen."

  • eyes like a hawk
    • If you've got eyes like a hawk, you have good eyesight and notice every detail.
      "Of course Dad will notice the scratch on his car - he's got eyes like a hawk."

  • keep your eyes peeled
    • To keep one's eyes peeled means to watch out very carefully for something.
      "I mislaid my wedding ring at home, so I asked my children to keep their eyes peeled."

  • with your eyes (wide) open
    • If you do somethingwith your eyes open, you are fully aware of what you are doing.
      "I took on the job with my eyes wide open so I'm not complaining"

  • eyes on stalks
    • If your eyes are on stalks when you look at something, they are wide open with surprise or amazement.
      "The child's eyes were on stalks as he watch the magician's performance."

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