make eyes at
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make eyes at (one)
To flirt with one by making suggestive eye contact. Is that girl making eyes at me, or am I just imagining it? You can't just make eyes at a person and expect them to come running—you have to talk to them and get to know them!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
make eyes at someone
Fig. to flirt with someone. Mother, he's making eyes at me! Jed tried to make eyes at all the young women.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
make eyes at
Ogle, flirt with, as in To her sister's disgust, she was always making eyes at the boys. Although slightly different versions, such as throw the eye at, are much older, this precise locution was first recorded in William Makepeace Thackeray's Henry Esmond (1852): "She used to make eyes at the Duke of Marlborough." See also give someone the once-over.
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.