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catch (one's) eye

1. To attract one's attention, often by making eye contact. The server still hasn't taken our order—we just can't catch her eye.
2. To attract one's interest, especially due to being visually appealing or attractive. That dress in the window caught my eye immediately—can I try it on? Your store needs a bold sign that will catch the eye of anyone walking down the street. I see that the new girl in school has caught your eye.
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catch someone's eye

 and get someone's eye 
1. Fig. to establish eye contact with someone; to attract someone's attention. The shiny red car caught Mary's eye. When Tom had her eye, he smiled at her.
2. Fig. to appear and attract someone's interest. A small red car passing by caught my eye. One of the books on the top shelf caught my eye, and I took it down to look at it.
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catch someone's eye

Attract someone's attention, as in That window display really catches my eye. [Early 1800s]
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catch someone's eye

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catch the eye of someone

COMMON If something or someone catches your eye, you notice them because they are very unusual, interesting or beautiful in appearance. A flower arrangement caught my eye as I walked into the shop. He turned the page. The picture caught his eye instantly. She caught the eye of 49-year-old Frank Sinatra on the set one day and promptly flew on his jet to Palm Springs for the weekend. Note: You can also say that something is eye-catching when it is very unusual and interesting in appearance. She was wearing a very eye-catching designer hat. There's an eye-catching headline on the front page of the Sunday Times.
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catch someone's eye

1 be noticed by someone. 2 attract someone's attention by making eye contact with them.
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catch somebody’s ˈeye

attract somebody’s attention: I liked all the paintings, but the one that really caught my eye was a Matisse.Can you try to catch the waiter’s eye? ▶ ˈeye-catching adj.: an eye-catching advertisement
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References in classic literature ?
Beowulf to Browning," she repeated, "I think that is the kind of title which might catch one's eye on a railway book-stall.
Note the areas where the color white predominates, but the spaces catch one's eye with the infilling of dots and lines.
This coiled, dense, steel piece can catch one's eye from afar as well, because of its striking red color.
And while there were plenty of sofas and sectionals and chairs all over that market that could catch one's eye, this corner chair just seemed right.
While a coupling of shiny, golden feet or the enhanced jewel-like musculature of a hand may catch one's eye, for the most part the anonymity and over-stylization of these photographs make them less compelling than other works in the show.
Our park to park route has storefronts to catch one's eye, points of interest to explore and friends to make along the way to 10,000 steps," she continued.