be one in the eye for

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be one in the eye for

To be a disappointment or misfortune for someone. Typically used to describe how one is negatively impacted by someone else's actions. Jenny's success at her new company is one in the eye for her old boss. I'm your mother—of course your bad grades are one in the eye for me! Not many people have so much talent at such a young age. This kid is truly one of a kind.
See also: eye, one