apple of his eye

apple of one's eye

noun
something or someone very precious or dear: His new baby girl was the apple of his eye.

Origin:
orig. in reference to the pupil of one's eye (in OE simply æppel; compare Old High German apful with similar sense); later misunderstood

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apple of one's eye definition


The favorite object of a person's love or affection: “Linda was fond of all the horses on the ranch, but the little palomino was the apple of her eye.”

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