take (one's) eyes off (of) (someone or something)

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take (one's) eyes off (of) (someone or something)

1. To stop looking at someone or something. Often used in negative formations. The juxtaposition of colors in the painting was so strange that I couldn't take my eyes off it. I took my eyes off the kids for just a moment, but it was enough time for them to run off on their own into the crowded mall.
2. To no longer be focused or concentrated on someone or something. We are getting so close to the project's completion, so we can't take our eyes off the finish line now. It seems like the team has taken their eyes off the championship, judging by their lackluster performance on Sunday.
See also: eye, off, take

take one's eyes off (of) someone or something

to cease looking at someone or something. (Usually negative. Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I couldn't take my eyes off of the usher. Ken couldn't take his eyes off Judy.
See also: eye, off, take
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Yet in the race for profits, big banks took their eyes off the ball and got burned.
As soon as the culprits took their eyes off Dowis, the homeowner pulled a gun of his own and began firing at the men.
Accident risks doubled for drivers who took their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, as well as for those who exhibited "aggressive" driving behaviors, AAA concluded.
WHILE Tony Blair and the collective minds of No 10 were busy untangling the knots Cherie tied herself in, they took their eyes off a greater problem.
Collin's and Cory's mothers took their eyes off the boys only for a moment before they were alerted by Cory's sister, Kennerly Ann.
"But they took their eyes off the ball this time and it looks as if we dodged a bullet.