from the corner of (one's) eye

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from the corner of (one's) eye

Fleetingly. Said of things that one sees quickly and briefly, rather than clearly. From the corner of my eye, I saw something moving in the bushes, and it turned out to be a stray cat.
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The physician laughed at his own pleasantry, but narrowly watched his patient from the corner of his eye.
But Mazarin saw from the corner of his eye that a group was about to be formed in the corner of the room, and that the Duc d'Anjou, with the Comte de Guiche, and the Chevalier de Lorraine, prevented from talking aloud, might say, in a whisper, what it was not convenient should be said.
He cannot with dignity retreat, but he stops and looks about him as if lost in admiration of the scenery, and presently he strolls away with a fine indifference and a glint at me from the corner of his eye.
While talking, Captain Jim watched Owen Ford from the corner of his eye as the latter examined the life-book; and presently observing that his guest was lost in its pages, he turned smilingly to his cupboard and proceeded to make a pot of tea.
Porthos opened his mouth, thinking it a good opportunity to put in a word in his turn; D'Artagnan checked him by a glance from the corner of his eye.
Q I HAVE a Maltese dog and he gets a build up of dirt/gunk in a line going down from the corner of his eye to his nose.
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