in the eye of

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in the eye of (something)

At, in, or amidst the central or focal point of something. The social advocate found herself in the eye of the debate regarding abortion law.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in the eye of

1. In the center or focal point of something, as in They were right in the eye of this controversy. This term employs eye in the sense of "a central spot," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
2. in the eyes of. In the view or opinion of, from the standpoint of. For example, In the eyes of his fans Elvis could do no wrong, or In the eyes of the law he was a fugitive. The eyes here allude to their function, seeing. [Late 1500s]
See also: eye, of
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.
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