eyeballs

eyeball

[ahy-bawl]
noun
1.
the ball or globe of the eye.
2.
eyeballs, Informal. people who view or read something: Old TV shows are getting a lot of eyeballs online.
verb (used with object)
3.
Informal. to look at, check, or observe closely: two opponents eyeballing each other.
Idioms
4.
give (someone) the hairy eyeball, Slang. to look at (someone) with eyelids partly lowered, as in hostility or distrust.

Origin:
1580–90; 1900–05 for def 3; eye + ball1

eyeballer, noun
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eyeball (ˈaɪˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  the entire ball-shaped part of the eye
2.  eyeball to eyeball in close confrontation
 
vb
3.  slang (tr) to stare at

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eyeball
1580s, n., from eye + ball (1). As a verb, 1901, Amer.Eng.
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eyeball eye·ball (ī'bôl')
n.

  1. The globe-shaped portion of the eye surrounded by the socket and covered externally by the eyelids. Also called bulb of eye.

  2. The eye itself.

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