keep (one's) eye(s) peeled (for someone or something)(redirected from keep (one's) eye(s) peeled (for something or someone))
keep (one's) eye(s) peeled (for someone or something)
To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). They should be arriving any minute, so keep your eyes peeled. Keep your eye peeled for a birthday gift we could give your mother. Tell everyone to keep their eyes peeled for the health inspector. We heard she'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.
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keep one's eyes peeled
(for someone or something) Go to keep one's eyes open (for someone or something).
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keep your eyes peeled
If you keep your eyes peeled, you watch very carefully for something or someone. Keep your eyes peeled for a parking space. We're looking for Sally so keep your eyes peeled. Note: You can also keep your eyes skinned. I doubt if she'll come back here, but keep your eyes skinned anyway. Note: This expression refers to not blinking and so not missing anything that happens, however quick. The skin or peel of the eyes are the eyelids.
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keep your ˈeyes open/peeled/skinned (for somebody/something)watch carefully (for somebody/something): Keep your eyes peeled, and if you see anything suspicious, call the police immediately.
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keep your eyes peeled/skinned
Be particularly watchful; remain alert. This American expression dates from the mid-nineteenth century and presumably likens peeled or skinned to being wide open. An early reference in print occurs in J. S. Robb’s Squatter Life (1847): “Keep your eye skinned for Injuns.”
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