only have eyes for something

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only have eyes for (something)

To be solely focused on or interested in something, often at the expense of other things. He could have stayed in his position at the company and retired a millionaire, but he only had eyes for being elected to public office. Our government only has eyes for the big cities, leaving our small rural towns to rot by the wayside.
See also: eye, have

only have eyes for something


have eyes only for something

If someone only has eyes for a particular thing, they are interested only in that thing. When Ian's playing hockey, he has eyes only for the game.
See also: eye, have, something