keep a weather eye on something/someone
keep a weather eye on (someone or something)
To monitor someone or something closely, often because the person or thing in question may turn out to be dangerous. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I need you to keep a weather eye on this crisis so that we can get the necessary supplies out quickly.
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keep a weather eye on something/someonemainly BRITISH
If you keep a weather eye on something or someone, you watch them carefully so that you are ready to take action if there are problems. Keep a weather eye on your symptoms and stay alert to any changes which occur. Amy moved away from a neighbourhood where she'd kept a weather eye on an old lady. Note: Other prepositions are sometimes used instead of on, for example out and for. The police were there, keeping a weather eye out for trouble of any sort. Note: This expression was originally used by sailors, who had to keep a constant watch on the weather and wind direction.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
- keep a weather eye on
- keep a weather eye on (someone or something)
- keep a weather eye on something/open for something
- have (got) an/(one's) eye on (someone or something)
- have one's eye on
- keep a close eye on (someone or something)
- have (one's) beady eye on (someone or something)
- keep a tab on (someone or something)
- keep tab