out of the corner of one's eye

out the corner of (one's) eye

Fleetingly. Said of things that one sees quickly and briefly, rather than clearly. Out the corner of my eye, I saw something moving in the bushes, and it turned out to be a stray cat.
See also: corner, eye, of, out

out of the corner of one's eye

Glancing casually or surreptitiously, as in Out of the corner of my eye I saw Justin walking out the door. This expression refers to looking sideways at something rather than directly.
See also: corner, eye, of, out
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