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meet the eye

To be visible or noticeable. Perhaps most commonly used in the saying "more than meets the eye." A: "Did I put up too many decorations?" B: "Well, they were the first thing to meet the eye!"
See also: eye, meet

meet the/your ˈeye(s)

be seen: A strange sight met our eyes.
See also: eye, meet
References in classic literature ?
The sight that met the eyes of the searchers told all of the story that they needed to know.
On closer inspection there was more to this building than immediately met the eye.
However, before long, it becomes clear there's more t o Sara than originally met the eye
Greenstein characterizes Roosevelt with an epithet from Oliver Wendell Holmes, who called FDR "a second class intellect with a first class temperament," while Reagan's "cognitive limitations" were merely "worrisome" and his intellect "was more than met the eye.
The star is noted for her grungy off-duty looks, but perhaps there was more to her scruffy ensemble, including a woolly hat and dark glasses, than met the eye.