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Close your eyes and go to sleep.
He gazed into her eyes as she spoke.
The suspect is in his twenties, with blond hair and blue eyes.
These bacteria are invisible to our eyes.
He spoke to her with slight amusement in his eyes.
She smiled excitedly, her eyes gleaming.
I fixed my eye on the clock.
All eyes were on Carla as she completed her final dive.
I can't come out tonight. I'm up to my eyes in schoolwork.
The first time we met, we couldn't take our eyes off each other.
You see that guy over there – I'm pretty sure he was giving me the eye.
Proofreaders need to have a good eye for detail.
He's always had an eye for redheads.
It is clear that the novelist has an eye to a Hollywood adaptation.
Don't try anything funny, I've got eyes in the back of my head.
I've got my eye on a new DVD player.
I've got my eye on you Sarah. Any more trouble and you're out.
It's important to keep your eye on the ball at all times.
I had one eye on the clock the whole time.
In his mother's eyes, the boy can do no wrong.
In the eyes of the law, theft is a less serious crime than handling stolen goods.
It happened right in front of my eyes.
Will you keep an eye on things here until I get back?
He asked me to keep an eye out for any houses to rent.
Keep your eyes open for a petrol station.
It was this incident that opened my eyes to her true character.
He refused to open his eyes to the truth.
I don't see eye to eye with my father on many things.
I have no wish to set eyes on this place ever again.
She only took her eyes off the child for a moment.
Steve needs to prove that there is more to him than meets the eye.
I feel that there' s something more to this than meets the eye.
The story is told through the eyes of a child.
The girls sat on the ground under the watchful eye of their aunt.
I could do his job with my eyes shut.
I went into the job with my eyes open, fully knowing what it would involve.
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a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …
a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve
a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple styles
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Definition of eye from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.