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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EYEING

The parson had bent forward, and was eyeing her curiously, yet with benevolence.

But of what he said I remembered nothing, I did not hear, for I was eyeing my mother.

Briskly rubbing his gray head with a towel, he was eyeing my evening clothes.

Then he flushed and became confused, for his father was eyeing him severely.

He saw that the creature was eyeing the light with ferocious purpose in its expression.

Arnold hesitated, eyeing the briefcase in Beardsley's clutch.

He stared at her, frowning and eyeing her intently, then chuckled, and grinned at the others.

Bland, a thick-set man with the jaw of a bulldog, was eyeing him intently.

"Stand by to let go the kedge," Augustin cried, eyeing them gloomily.

"You speak of the castle as if you knew about it," said the landlady, eyeing her askance.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English ege (Mercian), eage (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *augon (cf. Old Saxon aga, Old Frisian age, Old Norse auga, Swedish öga, Danish øie, Middle Dutch oghe, Dutch oog, Old High German ouga, German Auge, Gothic augo "eye"), from PIE *okw- "to see" (cf. Sanskrit akshi "the eye, the number two," Greek opsis "a sight," Old Church Slavonic oko, Lithuanian akis, Latin oculus, Greek okkos, Tocharian ak, ek, Armenian akn).

Until late 14c. the plural was in -an, hence modern dialectal plural een, ene. The eye of a needle was in Old English; to see eye to eye is from Isa. lii:8. Eye contact attested by 1965. Eye-opener "anything that informs and enlightens" is from 1863. Have an eye on "keep under supervision" is attested from early 15c.

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