catch somebody's eye

catch (one's) eye

1. To attract one's attention, often by making eye contact. The server still hasn't taken our order—we just can't catch her eye.
2. To attract one's interest, especially due to being visually appealing or attractive. That dress in the window caught my eye immediately—can I try it on? Your store needs a bold sign that will catch the eye of anyone walking down the street. I see that the new girl in school has caught your eye.
See also: catch, eye

catch somebody’s ˈeye

attract somebody’s attention: I liked all the paintings, but the one that really caught my eye was a Matisse.Can you try to catch the waiter’s eye? ▶ ˈeye-catching adj.: an eye-catching advertisement
See also: catch, eye
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I know if I continue to produce the goods then hopefully I catch somebody's eye on the terraces.
At clubs like Stockport you'd wait for the cups to come around because it was the chance to play at a big arena and catch somebody's eye.
You can put a lot of pictures on the site so we included a nice shot of Tynemouth Longsands hoping it would catch somebody's eye.
If things don't work out there, Weigand will likely enroll at Moorpark College, where he'll try to catch somebody's eye over the next two years.
Some even pay hundreds of pounds to join dating agencies and post personal details on the internet hoping to catch somebody's eye.