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.
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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 ?
Something low down on the clean white door-post caught my eye as we passed it.
I had just finished, and was straightening up, when something floating around a bend above me caught my eye.
Two things caught my eye refuelling today, the first one telling me not to tip so I would get better service.
Only Donny Osmond has really caught my eye - but he's spoken for," she added.
Well, it certainly caught my eye, and the news from HQ section had me attempting to commit to memory certain horses for fear of missing out on a big-priced winner or three.
If Ferguson had been available on loan, then - as a temporary solution -he would have been an excellent addition, as he caught my eye at Blackburn.
Miles, 21, of Jesmond, said: "The ad caught my eye and I went in straight away.
But something caught my eye in your May 2006 column ("Rethinking the power equation in the North"), something so basic and simple, that it is practically ignored by most economic development agencies and personnel:
The band members of Dangerous Muse caught my eye with their boyish charm and good looks, but when I checked them out I came to find that these guys really know music and how to produce it.
Early one morning, groggy-eyed and longing for coffee, I was shuffling into the kitchen when a sudden movement caught my eye through the window.
That means you caught my eye instantly and kept me absorbed.
LIVE UNI'' caught my eye as I checked the blackboard listing of specials.
The image that immediately caught my eye in William Willis's show was a painting in a near-grisaille palette.
One of the things that caught my eye was cleanliness; even after several hours of cutting, only traces of oil and sawdust were inside the sprocket guard.