have an eye for(redirected from have eyes only for)
have an eye for (something)
To be particularly perceptive or discriminating in a certain discipline or activity, especially an aesthetic one. I just don't have an eye for design, so I need you to help me pick out paint colors.
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have an eye for someone or something
Fig. to have a taste or an inclination for someone or something. Bob has an eye for beauty. He has an eye for color.
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have an eye for
1. Be discriminating or perceptive about something, as in She has an eye for decorating. [c. 1700]
2. have eyes for. Also, have eyes only for. Be attracted to or desire someone or something (exclusively). For example, It's obvious she has eyes for him, or He has eyes only for the top award. [Early 1800s]
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have an eye forbe able to recognize, appreciate, and make good judgements about a particular thing.
2003 Observer Europe's oldest continually inhabited city is Cádiz, founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 bc , but those wily Phoenicians, with an eye for a good setting, founded ‘Malaka’ further along the Andalucian coast a few hundred years later in 800 bc .
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