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evil eye

1. The power believed by the superstitious to inflict harm, injury, or misfortune by a look or stare. They say that the old lady living in the house at the end of the road has an evil eye—if she catches you in her gaze, you'll be cursed with bad luck for a year!
2. A hateful, malicious, or villainous look or stare that suggests or is thought to be capable of inflicting harm or misfortune. I saw him giving me the evil eye, so I turned around and walked the other way.
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evil eye

The power to cause injury or misfortune, as in The tomatoes died shortly after planting-I must have an evil eye. The source of this expression is the ancient superstitious belief that some individuals could inflict harm on others simply by looking at them. Today the term is generally used figuratively or ironically, as above, and also in the form give someone the evil eye, which means "glare malevolently at someone." For example, Helen gave his cat the evil eye, hoping it would stay out of her garden. [Late 1300s]
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the evil eye

The evil eye is a harmful magical force that is given by looking at someone. Some people said an evil eye had been put on her.
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the evil eye

a gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause harm.
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It was quoted that the prophet Mohammed said that the influence of the evil eye is a fact.
We read evil eye and its effect in Nizami poems that depict the effect of evil eye in that period.
The power of liquids is reflected in the Talmudic interpretation of Jacob's biblical blessing of Joseph: "Just as the fishes in the sea are covered by water and the evil eye has no power over them, so the evil eye has no power over the seed of Joseph.
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As a consequence, the Welsh used some protective devices to protect their belongings, their beautiful children and their cattle from the effects of the evil eye.
Only confrontation and war measures are taken based on counter magic to deceive or defeat the evil eye and to save the endangered person.
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To this day still, many modern cultures seek protection from the evil eye.
She's already giving me the evil eye,'' Reveche said.
The bad news is Nuri al-Maliki has to sleep with a chicken foot under his pillow to counter the curse of the evil eye.
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Progressing Through The Negev: And to our left we see/the Bedouin woman/hurrying her infant out/of the hospital complex/before the Evil Eye sees//get back to the tent//Our guide points out/she'd wanted to stay there/with her midwife/with her husband's strong hands/ that he hasn't washed/these nine months.
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These items range from glass beads for protection against the evil eye, to the mezuzah found on door frames, to the hamsa (five fingered hand), engraved pendants, tiny boxes containing special prayers, Aaron's breastplate, the knots on the prayer shawl, the teffilin, henna hand and foot painting, amulets from the Sefer Raziel that protect newborn infants from evil forces, and so much more.