big eye

the big eye

1. A flirtatious or seductive look. That girl over there is totally giving you the big eye! Why don't you go talk to her?
2. Purposeful eye contact. I tried to give the presenter the big eye when I sensed his audience growing restless, but he didn't see me.
See also: big, eye

*big eye

1. a flirtatious look or gaze; a long look to get another's attention. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) Look at that pretty girl giving you the big eye. I thought she was cute, so I gave her the big eye.
2. obvious eye contact with someone. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) Tom gave me the big eye to let me know he wanted to talk to me. I tried to give her the big eye, but she never looked my way.
See also: big, eye
References in classic literature ?
Anne was safe, and a wee, white lady, with her mother's big eyes, was lying beside her.
And it opened its big eyes as if it was months old.
And that's just what I shall do if you don't let those little balls of pork alone," said Jim, glaring at the kitten with his round, big eyes.
But while I looked at him his former aspect, so subtly inhuman, so tantalizingly familiar, crept back into his big eyes, repellant and attractive.
So far, the ordinary observer; an extraordinary observer might have seen that the chin was very pointed and pronounced; that the big eyes were full of spirit and vivacity; that the mouth was sweet-lipped and expressive; that the forehead was broad and full; in short, our discerning extraordinary observer might have concluded that no commonplace soul inhabited the body of this stray woman- child of whom shy Matthew Cuthbert was so ludicrously afraid.
The fine herd of Holstein cows--their big eyes looked at him with such trust
In the meantime, the pretty girl stood there, gazing at him with her big eyes, and holding out her tambourine to him and waiting.
The robin pleased him so much that he smiled until he looked almost beautiful, and at first Mary had thought that he was even plainer than herself, with his big eyes and heavy locks of hair.
It was a pictorial sheet, and Jo examined the work of art nearest her, idly wondering what fortuitous concatenation of circumstances needed the melodramatic illustration of an Indian in full war costume, tumbling over a precipice with a wolf at his throat, while two infuriated young gentlemen, with unnaturally small feet and big eyes, were stabbing each other close by, and a disheveled female was flying away in the background with her mouth wide open.
They turned to look at the bird, which fluttered its wings and stared back at them with its big eyes.
Powell, who clearly must have been, like many seamen, an industrious reader, "do you know what she looked like to me with those big eyes and something appealing in her whole expression.
Her big eyes stared wide open, inert and dark against the snowy whiteness of the linen.
She was still mighty shy, but she'd keep on following me about with those big eyes of hers--"
It's nearer to you right now than I'll ever get,' she answered, her big eyes going sudden wistful.
Taiwanese fishing boats are fewer but larger today, Greenpeace found in a study from 2002 though this year, and their owners are putting pressure on big eye tuna and albacore.