catch (one's) eye

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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.
See also: catch, eye
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

catch someone's eye

Attract someone's attention, as in That window display really catches my eye. [Early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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 ?
'No, darling; but you are making more progress towards that saintly condition than I like; for all these two hours I have been thinking of you and wanting to catch your eye, and you were so absorbed in your devotions that you had not even a glance to spare for me - I declare it is enough to make one jealous of one's Maker - which is very wrong, you know; so don't excite such wicked passions again, for my soul's sake.'
If you like him, too, start slowly by smiling back, looking at him sometimes and letting him catch your eye.
If you like him too, start slowly by smiling back, looking at him sometimes and letting him catch your eye.
If you're looking at vehicles in this class, this kind of product support ought to catch your eye. One caution: You'll want to familiarize yourself with BMW's sophisticated iDrive system before you hit the pavement, Also, speed bumps, cement parking stops, and even some driveways--ahem--will scrape the 330i's very low front air dam.
They catch your eye, hit you in the gut, and leave you scratching your head.
There is something here that will catch your eye. Information technology issues extend to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Information Portal, the Case Execution Management Information System (CEMIS), and the Defense Security Assistance Management System (DSAMS).