the apple of (one's) eye

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the apple of (one's) eye

A cherished or favored person. This phrase is thought to be Biblical in origin. My nephew is just the apple of my eye. He has five kids, but his only daughter is clearly the apple of his eye.
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apple of one's eye

Special favorite, beloved person or thing, as in The youngest was the apple of his father's eye. This term, which rests on the ancients' idea that the eye's pupil is apple-shaped and that eyes are particularly precious, appears in the Bible (Deuteronomy 32:10). [Early 1600s]
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the apple of your eye

If someone is the apple of your eye, you love them very much and are very proud of them. I was the apple of my father's eye. Penny's only son was the apple of her eye. Note: In the past, the pupil in the eye was sometimes called the apple.
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the apple of your eye

a person or thing of whom you are extremely fond and proud.
In Old English, the phrase referred to the pupil of the eye, considered to be a globular solid body; it came to be used as a symbol of something cherished and watched over.
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the ˌapple of somebody’s ˈeye

a person, usually a child, who somebody loves very much; a favourite child: The second child, John, was the apple of his mother’s eye.In the past, the pupil (= the small round black area at the centre of the eye) was called the ‘apple’ of the eye, the part that had to be protected most carefully.
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apple of (one's) eye

One that is treasured: Her grandson is the apple of her eye.
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apple of my eye

A most favorite or cherished person. In Psalm 17:8, the Psalmist asks God to “keep me as the apple of your eye.”
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References in classic literature ?
The men made Maggie fear, but she blushed at Pete's words as it became apparent to her that she was the apple of his eye.
Literally, I was (what he often called me) the apple of his eye.
He groped along as stealthily, with as cautious a tread, and as wary an outlook, as a thief entering a chamber where a man lies only half asleep -- or, it may be, broad awake -- with purpose to steal the very treasure which this man guards as the apple of his eye.
Mr Merdle intimated that Society was the apple of his eye, and that its claims were paramount to every other consideration.
The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg is underappreciated office drone Simon, whose miserable existence is made worse with the appearance of a doppelganger who exploits his talent and starts dating the apple of his eye, office girl Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg is under-appreciated office drone Simon whose miserable existence is made worse with the appearance of his doppelganger who exploits his talent and starts dating the apple of his eye, office girl Mia Wasikowska.
So for my father my sister was always the apple of his eye but I was always his friend and that's something I hope I can incorporate with radhya," he said.
Then Hitchcock nurtures an obsession with leading lady Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson), at the expense of actress Vera Miles (Jessica Biel) who was once the apple of his eye.
This is potentially such an easy job, so the King decided to start him off with his favourite food cherry pie with a big dollop of ice-cream--but Edward began to cry, the King was upset as the Prince was the apple of his eye and the last thing he wanted to do was to upset him.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned daughter of Zamindar has been brought up in early morning conversation by Cecil since she started cantering back in February, and the apple of his eye looked to be crying out for this longer trip when fourth to Rumoush on her reappearance over 1m1f in
He's an absolute sweetheart, a complete flirt and charmer and I'd like to think that I'm the apple of his eye.
New girlfriend Beverley Turner, presenter of ITV's NBA99, is the apple of his eye.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned daughter of Zamindar has been brought up in early morning conversation by Cecil since she starteds cantering back in February, and the apple of his eye looked to be crying out for this longer trip when fourth to Rumoush on her reappearance over 1m1f in
Our daughter was the apple of his eye, he adored his two grandchildren.
Lovestruck James PEACH is to marry the apple of his eye - a girl called Louise LEMON.