half an eye


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half an eye

Intermittent or half-hearted attention while something else is happening. Unfortunately, I don't remember what that list said because I had half an eye on the TV while Mom was trying to show it to me.
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half an eye

a slight degree of perception or attention.
1962 Cyprian Ekwensi Burning Grass His sandals were new because it was market day; or perhaps he had half an eye to some maiden.
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It just underlines that this really isn't a drama you can watch with half an eye while you're de-fleaing the dog.
"There's a long way to go and a lot can happen, but as an England player, you always have half an eye on a World Cup in Brazil."
Clark was asked whether he had half an eye on a late play-off tilt.
Liam Craig will have half an eye on today's Edinburgh derby - but his entire mind will be on steering St Johnstone into Europe.
The couple, from Cirencester, Gloucs, now have half an eye on the Olympics.
While both Chelsea and United may have half an eye on January and next summer's transfer window, the fallout from the pair's Premier League meeting could have a significant implications for referee Mark Clattenburg.
Reina is currently in Poland with the Spanish squad attempting to defend their European crown, but the Reds keeper admits he already has half an eye on events back on Merseyside.
"We watered today with half an eye on showers forecast for Friday evening.
Nevertheless, it might be a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' for the visitors, who could find it a little tough to raise themselves with half an eye on their fifth-round replay at the Emirates, and Town are 13/5 (888Sport) to capitalise with a victory by a one-goal margin.
It did look as though Capello had half an eye on forthcoming Champions League ties.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy may have had half an eye on this weekend's Premier League clash with Birmingham, making five changes, but there were still plenty of regular top-flight performers on show.
The claim by so-called 'rationalists' that geometry as understood by medieval masons was merely a practical tool is clearly absurd, as anyone with half an eye will realise when studying medieval buildings and many texts that have survived.
But Jackett insisted his players had not gone into the match expecting an easy ride or even with half an eye on next Saturday's trip to League One leaders Southend.
The Government's response, with at least half an eye on the ballot box, has been to impose a range of harsh measures.
Harrison so aptly described as "abusive." I might add "boring and lackluster, void of anything remotely romantic." As any fan with half an eye and a brain already knows, Brian is deeply and undeniably in love with Michael.