one in the eye for someone

one in the eye for someone

BRITISH
If you say that something you do is one in the eye for someone, you mean that it will annoy them. I want to show Arsenal they were wrong to let me go. Every goal I score now is one in the eye for them. His Nobel prize will be seen in Mexico as one in the eye for the novelist, Carlos Fuentes, who is regarded as his great left-wing rival.
See also: eye, one