the apple of (one's) eye

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the apple of (one's) eye

A cherished or favored person. This phrase is thought to be Biblical in origin. My nephew is just the apple of my eye. He has five kids, but his only daughter is clearly the apple of his eye.
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apple of one's eye

Special favorite, beloved person or thing, as in The youngest was the apple of his father's eye. This term, which rests on the ancients' idea that the eye's pupil is apple-shaped and that eyes are particularly precious, appears in the Bible (Deuteronomy 32:10). [Early 1600s]
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the apple of your eye

If someone is the apple of your eye, you love them very much and are very proud of them. I was the apple of my father's eye. Penny's only son was the apple of her eye. Note: In the past, the pupil in the eye was sometimes called the apple.
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the apple of your eye

a person or thing of whom you are extremely fond and proud.
In Old English, the phrase referred to the pupil of the eye, considered to be a globular solid body; it came to be used as a symbol of something cherished and watched over.
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the ˌapple of somebody’s ˈeye

a person, usually a child, who somebody loves very much; a favourite child: The second child, John, was the apple of his mother’s eye.In the past, the pupil (= the small round black area at the centre of the eye) was called the ‘apple’ of the eye, the part that had to be protected most carefully.
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apple of (one's) eye

One that is treasured: Her grandson is the apple of her eye.
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apple of my eye

A most favorite or cherished person. In Psalm 17:8, the Psalmist asks God to “keep me as the apple of your eye.”
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