the evil eye

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evil eye

1. The power believed by the superstitious to inflict harm, injury, or misfortune by a look or stare. They say that the old lady living in the house at the end of the road has an evil eye—if she catches you in her gaze, you'll be cursed with bad luck for a year!
2. A hateful, malicious, or villainous look or stare that suggests or is thought to be capable of inflicting harm or misfortune. I saw him giving me the evil eye, so I turned around and walked the other way.
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the evil eye

The evil eye is a harmful magical force that is given by looking at someone. Some people said an evil eye had been put on her.
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the evil eye

a gaze or stare superstitiously believed to cause harm.
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evil eye, the

The power of being able to inflict harm at a glance. This age-old superstition—the Roman poet Virgil speaks of it bewitching lambs—is in modern times expressed figuratively and sometimes ironically. Edward Bulwer-Lytton used it in The Last Days of Pompeii (1834): “‘He certainly possesses the gift of the evil eye,’ said Clodius of Arbaces the Egyptian.” As for a modern jocular example: “Where house plants are concerned, I seem to have the evil eye.”
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It was quoted that the prophet Mohammed said that the influence of the evil eye is a fact.
The power of liquids is reflected in the Talmudic interpretation of Jacob's biblical blessing of Joseph: "Just as the fishes in the sea are covered by water and the evil eye has no power over them, so the evil eye has no power over the seed of Joseph.
The habits of hanging blue bead pendants, dangling an old shoe from a car or cleansing houses with burning herbs to protect from the evil power of hassad have historical sources; the pharaohs believed in the evil eye of envy and used to engrave their figures on blue marbles as a protection.
This translation draws attention to the fact that in the Italian American context, at least, she who cures the evil eye metaphorically participates in the nature of the godmother: just as the godmother takes responsibility for the spiritual well-being of an infant in the baptismal ritual, the comare takes responsibility for the spiritual welfare of her entire community through her special gift of intercession.
The most common amulets used against the evil eye were horseshoes, usually placed in the entrance of houses and cow sheds.
Both cattle and children could be protected by the use of red threads tied to their bodies, usually with three knots in them, in an attempt to distract the evil eye from its objective.
It's one thing to say that a company is flexible and wants a work-life balance for its employees and quite another thing when you try and take time off and are given the evil eye.
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She would put the evil eye on them and go into a rage.
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Since Alicia was born with blue-green eyes like her father's, her family assumed she carried the evil eye, like him.