apple of my 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.
See also: apple, eye, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

apple of one's eye, the

A cherished person or thing. The term comes from the ancient concept that the eye’s pupil was a solid, apple-shaped body, and, being essential to sight, was precious. It appears in the Bible (Deuteronomy 32:10): “He [the Lord] kept him [Israel] as the apple of his eye.”
See also: apple, of
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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.”
See also: apple, eye, of
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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