out the corner of (one's) eye

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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

out of the corner of your ˈeye

at the edge of your vision; indirectly: I just caught sight of him out of the corner of my eye, so I couldn’t say exactly what he looked like.
See also: corner, eye, of, out