in the public eye

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*in the public eye

Fig. publicly; visible to all; conspicuous. (*Typically: be ~; find oneself ~; get [into] ~.) Elected officials find themselves constantly in the public eye. The mayor made it a practice to get into the public eye as much as possible.
See also: eye, public

in the public eye

Under the attention and scrutiny of the public, as in The rock star's activities were very much in the public eye. This usage, which is similar to in the limelight, dates from the late 1800s. It should not be confused with the similar-sounding in the eyes of the public, which means "in the opinion or views of the general public" (as in In the eyes of the public the mayor was guilty of perjury). Also see in the eye of, def. 2.
See also: eye, public

in the public eye

COMMON
1. If someone is in the public eye, they are famous and many people see them or read about what they say or do in newspapers, on the Internet, etc. I'm conscious of being in the public eye and there are certain things I don't do because of that. No stunt is too outrageous, no pose too shocking so long as it keeps her in the public eye. Note: You can say that someone is out of the public eye if they are not photographed or written about in newspapers, on the Internet, etc. As wife of the Prime Minister, she is never out of the public eye.
2. If a subject or situation is in the public eye, many people are aware of it and are discussing it. We need campaigners to keep the situation in the public eye. Since then the issue has remained in the public eye with the President calling on republicans to supply information about the missing people.
See also: eye, public

in the public eye

1. Frequently seen in public or in the media.
2. Widely publicized; well-known.
See also: eye, public