from the corner of (one's) eye

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from the corner of (one's) eye

Fleetingly. Said of things that one sees quickly and briefly, rather than clearly. From the corner of my eye, I saw something moving in the bushes, and it turned out to be a stray cat.
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Photo Exhibition "From the Corner of My Eye'' 4 p.m.
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A bad-tempered game threatened to boil over into a brawl and punches were thrown - but Dyson said: "I knew he had cramp because I could see it from the corner of my eye. If it had been a serious injury I could have knocked it out.
I could see Pepper from the corner of my eye and I felt a clatter on my ankle.
From the corner of my eye I could see my brother supervising from the Christmas tree.
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