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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!
See also: eye, give

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.
See also: eye, give
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: eye, give
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.
See also: eye, give
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give someone the eye

INFORMAL
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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

give someone the (glad) eye

look 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.
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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.
See also: eye, give
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.
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In the four months he's been giving you the eye, he's not asked you out or even spoken to you to say hello!
If you didn't receive a card yesterday from the person who has been giving you the eye for months head onto www.doyoufancyme.com and list the names of the people you fancy and see if the feeling's mutual.
If you are looking for Some one to flirt with, See that woman over there The one in the orange dress With the blue hair Beside the man in the suit (He reminds me of somebody), She has been giving you The eye for the last hour.
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