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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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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References in classic literature ?
You were to abolish war, but were to make converts by making war upon them, and charging them with loving war as the apple of their eye.
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Not according to parents, who claim they know exactly the kind of partner the apple of their eye should have.
Niece Claire Lowson, 43, said: "When my gran and grandad were alive, he was the apple of their eye.
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