set eyes on

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set eyes on (someone or something)

To look at or see someone or something. Honestly, I loved my wife the minute I set eyes on her. I haven't set eyes on that book in weeks, so good luck finding it in my office!
See also: eye, on, set

set eyes on someone or something

 and lay eyes on someone or something
Fig. to see someone or something for the first time. I knew when I set eyes on that car that it was the car for me. Have you ever laid eyes on such a beautiful flower?
See also: eye, on, set