English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - E
|eyes in back of head||If someone has
eyes in the back of their head, they
are very observant and notice everything
happening around them.
You need eyes in the back of your head to look after young children.
|before your very eyes||If someone does
something before your very eyes,
they do it in front of you, without
attempting to hide what they are doing.
Before my very eyes, he took the rubbish and threw it into the neighbour's garden!
|cry one's eyes out||If you cry your
eyes out, you cry a lot and for a long
My son cried his eyes out when he discovered his bike had been stolen.
|eyes like a hawk||If you've got eyes
like a hawk, you have good eyesight and
notice every detail.
Of course Dad will notice the scratch on his car - he's got eyes like a hawk.
|keep eyes peeled||To keep one's
eyes peeled means to watch out very
carefully for something.
I mislaid my wedding ring at home, so I asked my children to keep their eyes peeled.
|with one's eyes open||If you do something
with your eyes open, you are fully
aware of what you are doing.
I took on the job with my eyes wide open so I'm not complaining.
|eyes on stalks||If your eyes
are on stalks when you look at
something, they are wide open with surprise
The child's eyes were on stalks as he watch the magician's performance.
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