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1. Excellent eyesight, especially for something in particular. I have an eagle eye for spotting wildlife.
2. An ability to discern small details; a keen skill of observation. We need to get Sally's eagle eye on this manuscript because she'll be sure to spot any errors.
3. An attentive gaze. You need to keep an eagle eye on the kids because they will get into everything the minute you turn your back.
4. One who is apt to discern small details or pay close attention to someone or something. Ugh, I got a demerit because some eagle eye saw me with my shirt untucked during yesterday's assembly.
A derogatory term for an ardent environmentalist. Is anyone surprised that those eagle freaks in my neighborhood have taken up composting?
An especially clever, aggressive, or skillful attorney. I might be considered something of a legal eagle now, but I had to work for years to get enough experience to build my reputation.
the day the eagle flies
Payday. The phrase refers to US currency bearing the image of an eagle. Primarily heard in US. Next Friday is the day the eagle flies, so let's go out to dinner then—I'm just broke right now.
the day the eagle shits
rude slang Payday. The phrase refers to US currency bearing the image of an eagle. Next Friday is the day the eagle shits, so let's go out to dinner then—I'm just broke right now.
the eagle flies
dated slang Payday has arrived. A reference to the bald eagle that is featured prominently on American currency. Used most often in the US Military. Primarily heard in US. I'll have to wait until the eagle flies to pay these bills. The troops are always eager to venture into town when the eagle flies.
watch (someone or something) with an eagle eye
To observe very closely, without ever looking away. Like all birds of prey, eagles are known for their excellent vision. You've already been caught once, so you better believe the principal is going to be watching you with an eagle eye from now on. I've been watching that spot with an eagle eye, but still no sign of the leopard.
acute eyesight; an intently watchful eye. (From the sharp eyesight of the eagle.) The students wrote their essays under the eagle eye of the headmaster. The umpire kept his eagle eye on the tennis match.
Unusually keen sight; also, keen intellectual vision. For example, Antiques dealers have an eagle eye for valuable objects, or A good manager has an eagle eye for employee errors. [Late 1500s]
an eagle eye
If someone has an eagle eye, they watch things carefully and are good at noticing things. No antiques shop, market or furniture shop escapes her eagle eye. Phil's played first-class cricket for five years in England under the eagle eye of our umpires. You must watch builders with an eagle eye because some will cheat the minute you turn your back. Note: You can also say that someone keeps an eagle eye on someone or something. Managers of Europe's top clubs are keeping an eagle eye on the World Championships, hoping to snap up new talent. Note: You can also describe someone as eagle-eyed. As the band were passing through security, an eagle-eyed official spotted an 18-inch knife in their luggage. Note: Eagles have very good eyesight, and are able to see small animals or objects from a great height.
an/somebody’s ˌeagle ˈeye(informal) if somebody has an eagle eye, they watch things carefully and are good at noticing things: Nothing the staff did escaped the eagle eye of the manager (= he saw everything they did). ▶ ˌeagle-ˈeyed adj.: An eagle-eyed student spotted the mistake.
day the eagle shits
n. payday. (Military. Usually objectionable.) Tomorrow is the day the eagle shits, and do I ever need it.
n. a dollar bill. (From the picture of the eagle on the back.) This thing ain’t worth four eagles!
n. someone with strong concerns about the environment and conservation, especially the preservation of the eagle. (A play on eco freak.) The eagle freaks oppose building the dam.
1. n. a busybody; a person who watches or monitors other people’s actions: a floorwalker, a detective, a hall-monitor. Some old eagle-eye across the street saw me standing in the cold and called my wife who came down and let me in.
2. n. an eye or eyes with very keen vision. Keep your eagle-eye trained on the entrance.
legal-beagleand legal-eagle (ˈliglæˈbiglæ and ˈliglæˈiglæ)
n. a lawyer. I’ve got a legal-beagle who can get me out of this scrape.
when the eagle fliesand day the eagle flies
in. payday. (The eagle is the one found on U.S. currency.) I’ll pay you back when the eagle flies. I’ll find you the day the eagle flies.
day the eagle fliesverb
Keen-sighted, either literally or figuratively. Like all birds of prey, eagles of necessity have excellent eyesight, which they need to spot their food supply. Their perspicacity has been transferred to human beings since Roman times. Horace pointed out (Satires, 35 b.c.) that those who are eagle-eyed in spotting others’ faults are blind to their own. “Faith, being eagle-eyed, can . . . see the majestie of God,” wrote Bishop William Barlow in 1601. Later the term was often put as having an eagle eye.