give (one's) eye teeth for (something)

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give (one's) eye teeth for (something)

To give or relinquish anything (or something very valuable) in order to receive some specific thing in return. Oh, I would give my eye teeth for curly hair like yours.
See also: eye, give, teeth

would give your eye teeth

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you would give your eye teeth for something or to do something, you would love to have or do that thing. He's the most exciting man I've ever worked with, and I'd give my eye teeth to do something with him again. I'd give my eye teeth for an opportunity to join that company. Note: A person's eye teeth are their canine teeth, the pointed teeth near the front of their mouth.
See also: eye, give, teeth

give your eye teeth for

go to any lengths in order to obtain something.
The eye teeth are the two canine teeth in the upper jaw.
1930 W. Somerset Maugham Cakes & Ale He'd give his eye-teeth to have written a book half as good.
See also: eye, give, teeth

give your eye ˈteeth for something/to do something

(informal) (usually used with would) give anything for something; want something very much: I’d give my eye teeth to own a car like that.He’d give his eye teeth for a job in television.
See also: eye, give, something, teeth
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And Premier League godfather Richard Scudamore would give his eye teeth for a finish as exciting as the WSL's last day of term in 2014.
Ben Elton would give his eye teeth for a line like that.
The Nigerian-born ex-Wasp player has a stash of major club trophies that even O'Driscoll would give his eye teeth for - including two European Cups and four Premiership titles.
Still, they're still selling records by the truckload, something that new boy on the block LUKE GALLIANA - who we caught at Radio Clyde HQ - would give his eye teeth for we'd bet.