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lay eyes on (someone or something)
To look at or see someone or something, especially for the first time. Honestly, I loved my wife the minute I laid eyes on her. I haven't laid eyes on that book in weeks, so good luck finding it in my office!
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lay eyes on
Also, clap or set eyes on . Look at, see, as in As soon as I laid eyes on him I knew he would be perfect for the lead in our play, or I'd never set eyes on such a beautiful gown. The first term dates from the early 1200s and the third from the late 1300s; the second, using clap in the sense of "a sudden movement," dates from the first half of the 1800s.
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