do someone in the eye

do (one) in the eye

To foil, stymie, or embarrass one. I don't trust that guy after he did me in the eye and stole that opportunity from me.
See also: eye

do someone in the eye

defraud, thwart, or humiliate someone.
1930 J. B. Priestley Angel Pavement He'd invented the job five minutes before, just to do mother in the eye.
See also: eye, someone