give the eye(redirected from give the once-over)
give (one) the eye
To look at one in a way that conveys sexual interest. That cute guy is definitely giving you the eye—you should go talk to him!
give the eye
To look at someone in a way that conveys one's sexual interest. That cute guy is definitely giving you the eye—you should go talk to him! You can't give the eye to every girl in the bar, dude.
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give someone the eye
Fig. to look at someone in a way that communicates romantic interest. Ann gave John the eye. It really surprised him. Tom kept giving Sally the eye. She finally got disgusted and left.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
give the eye
Also, give the once-over. See give someone the once-over.
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give someone the eyeINFORMAL
If you give someone the eye, you look at them in a way that shows that you find them attractive. They've been giving each other the eye all the time they've been in the queue.
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give someone the (glad) eyelook at someone in a way that clearly indicates your sexual interest in them. informal
1992 James Meek Last Orders If it was an attractive woman, men would give her the eye.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
give (someone) the eye
1. To look at admiringly or invitingly.
2. To look at with an expression of disapproval.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.